Carolinian Canada, Carolinian Forest Zone, Duffins Creek, endangered species, federal lands, First Nation, Lake Ontario, Markham, municipal, national historic site, National Park, Oak Ridges Moraine, Parks Canada, Pickering, protection, Provincial Greenbelt Plan, Rouge Park, Rouge River, watersheds
1. Better Protection: To avoid incremental degradation from development pressures, Rouge Park needs legal Park status and the protection provided by Parks Canada’s leadership and legislation.
2. Expertise: Rouge Park,a Carolinian Canada site with many nationally rare species, needs the expertise of Parks Canada to protect and restore the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
3. Additional Public Parkland: The federal government owns 57 km2 of Greenbelt land in north Markham and Pickering. Adding these public lands to the existing Rouge Park will complete the “Lake Ontario to Oak Ridges Moraine” ecological link and create a sustainable 100 km2 national park.
4. Better Funding: Rouge Park needs a stable source of funding to protect and restore the ecological and cultural integrity of the Park, acquire more land and improve trail systems and visitor programs.