November Photo Spotlight
Black Raspberry by Lynn Miller
December Newsletter Published
The TFN December newsletter has been mailed out and is also available to members online from our newsletter page
. It contains nature news, events, book reviews, information on upcoming and past nature walks, answers to nature questions, activities for kids, and a lot more.
East Don Trail Review
Posted November 2016
The City of Toronto and TRCA have completed a study to determine a trail route that would provide a connection in the multi-use trail network between the existing East Don Trail, the Gatineau Trail and the Don Trail System. This trail system is proposed within the valleylands of the East Don River from Lawrence Avenue East to the north and where the West Don River, Don Mills Road and Don Valley Parkway meet to the south. The route includes nine bridges over the East Don River, one over Taylor Massey Creek and two over drainage tributaries, as well as five railway crossings.
An Environmental Study Report has been prepared and is available for review between Nov 10 - Dec 9, 2016. The study can be reviewed online
or at selected libraries
Ontario Environmental Protection Report
Posted November 2016
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, has released her 2015/2016 Environmental Protection Report: Small Steps Forward
. In it she takes the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to task over its inability to provide effective species protection, which is its responsibility. She recognizes that the MNRF is challenged by limited resources and the demands of many stakeholders, but doesn't believe the ministry is taking its biodiversity duties seriously enough.
The main topics covered in the report are: using fire to manage Ontario's northern forests; invasive species management; and wildlife declines that are threatening biodiversity. One specific case highlighted is Ontario's declining moose populations. There are about 92,300 moose in the province and approximately 98,000 licensed moose hunters, not including Aboriginal peoples who have a right to hunt moose without a license. Making matters worse, too few calves are reaching breeding age. Hunting is not the only issue as not everyone with a license kills a moose calf in a given year. Habitat degradation, disease and parasites, predation and climate change are also threats. Moose numbers are down 20% in the last decade. The MNRF needs to act urgently on habitat protection and biodiversity monitoring to save moose and other at-risk species.
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