We call on the City to take practical steps to effectively manage and protect the City’s natural areas and the wildlife they support.
These steps include:
- implementation of all policies and guidelines related to protection of natural heritage for the long term
- sustainable trails (appropriate locations, closing unauthorized trails, trail design that protects natural areas
- appropriate signage and other communication methods to build a culture of respect and protection
- by-law enforcement with sufficient staffing and effective enforcement strategies
- restoration and enhancement programs that include adequate resources to facilitate community stewardship
- establish key staff responsibility for maintaining biodiversity, including healthy wildlife populations, in Toronto’s natural areas and in the rest of the City
- educating the public on the crucial importance of natural heritage and biodiversity and how to protect them in our growing city
- balancing access and recreational use with protection of natural areas in order to maintain their significant qualities.