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October 6, 2003
Beechwood Wetland wildlife habitat restoration site opens along the lower Don Trail
Beechwood Wetland wildlife habitat restoration site opens along the lower Don

Toronto Parks and Recreation, the Federation of Naturalists, The Task Force to
Bring Back the Don and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority officially
opened the Beechwood Wetland today.

The ceremony featured the planting of a commemorative tree and wetland plant
and the unveiling of new interpretive signage.

"Over 200 volunteers were involved in the planting and stewardship of 1,200
native trees and shrubs and 2,800 herbaceous wetland plants this past spring
and summer," said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager of Parks and Recreation.
"Killdeer, mallards, green herons and wood ducks have been observed in the area
and green frogs, dragonflies and monarchs have been found on site since the

The Beechwood Wetland complements and enhances the habitat of Crothers' Woods,
one of Ontario's most northerly and easterly pockets of Carolinian forest,
which is rare in Canada. Carolinian Canada is a region in Ontario from Grand
Bend to Toronto. The Carolinian life zone is actually the northernmost edge of
the deciduous forest region in eastern North America, and is named after the
Carolina states.

The Beechwood project is an opportunity to reconnect an essential green
corridor linking the Oak Ridges Moraine and Lake Ontario. Interpretive signage,
tours and community participation will contribute to the site's educational

The Beechwood Wetland is located along the lower Don Trail, north of Pottery
Road (near Pape Avenue and O'Connor Drive). For more information about events
or activities, members of the public should call the Don River info-line at
416-392-0401, e-mail or visit

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Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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