A PDF showing letters to the editor of The Globe and Mail from a former Parks Canada chief scientist and FRW’s president slam Rouge National Urban Park legislation.
Environmental Defence, Ontario Nature and Friends of the Rouge Watershed jointly presented the letter to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in December 2012 summarizing what the groups thought were important conditions for the transfer of Rouge Park land to the Federal Government.
In November 2012, City of Toronto councillors supported an official plan amendment with respect to the Rouge National Urban Park that includes a call to include all of the 100 square kilometres of public land within the Rouge and Duffins Creek watersheds.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports the concept of a 100-square-kilometre Rouge National Park in this September 2012 letter to the federal minister of the environment, Peter Kent.
Great Lakes United (GLU) supports the concept of a 100 square kilometre Rouge National Park in this October 2012 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The letter also calls for forest and wetland restoration and implementation of existing watershed and subwatershed plans.
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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.