A source who wishes to remain anonymous states, "The habitat consists of a hardwood old growth Carolinian forest, consisting of black maple, bitternut and shagbark hickory, oaks, and ironwoods. None of these species are rare or threatened however as a whole there are not many woodlots such as this remaining in Ontario. Along with these species, there are floodplains containing species of hawthorn, some of which could be rare or threatened, they are very difficult to identify. Also wooded/vegetated ravines exist here. Within the woodlot are vernal pools which could be potential Salamander habitat". There are individual trees, such as Bur Oak that I mentioned earlier that no doubt are heritage trees, which are very large for such a slow growing species. No doubt some of these trees are over two hundred years old and should be flagged as significant specimens.It is obvious the strategy was to begin the cutting from within. That way, by the time this work can be seen from Goreway Drive or the new Humber West Parkway, it would be too late to save this significant forest. The path of destruction follows the proposed Cottrelle Boulevard extension. What happened to the second public information session that was to be held? Is it too late and does this really need to be done or can the work be halted? Who is responsible for this insanity; the Province, the Region of Peel, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority or perhaps it is the City of Brampton? Someone needs to provide an answer.
Article and Image Submitted by: Bruce Haines, Freelance Writer