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York Regional Forest expands by 17 hectares

The York Regional Forest is expanding by 17 hectares (42 acres), which means it will now include 26 properties that span more than 2,600 hectares of publicly-accessible greenspace.

Regional Council approved the purchase of the additional land, located at 4302 Baseline Rd. in the Town of Georgina, as part of York Region’s Greening Strategy.

Described by the Region as a “blueprint for on-the-ground action,” the Greening Strategy creates and maintains healthy natural environments that foster sustainable communities now and for the future. It outlines programs and activities such as tree planting, stewardship, education and conserving natural lands.

The Georgina property was selected based on natural heritage significance, reforestation potential, cost and recreation opportunities. It’s a portion of a 40-hectare (90 acre) rural property neighbouring the existing Metro Road Tract and includes 13 hectares of significant woodland and four hectares of land to be reforested.

The purchase will complete York Region’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) deliverable to secure 100 hectares of land to be reforested. The federal government launched the DMAF in 2018 to invest in structural and natural infrastructure projects to increase the resilience of communities impacted by natural disasters triggered by climate change. The following year, York Region was awarded $10 million in DMAF funding towards implementing a $25-million natural infrastructure project over eight years.

Since adopting the Greening Strategy in 2001, York Region and its partners have preserved and protected more than 1,600 hectares of land. 

Photo courtesy of York Region. 

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