December 3, 2007

Peel, TRCA, Toronto secure land to protect Humber River headwaters, fish hatchery

BRAMPTON, ONT-Peel Region is contributing $142,600 towards half the purchase price of a parcel of land that is a headwater source for the Humber River. The land, known as the Boyer property, comprises nearly two hectares (4.9 acres) adjacent to the Glen Haffy Conservation Area in Caledon and will be merged with the conservation area. It contains important springs feeding into rearing ponds in the Glen Haffy fish hatchery. The city of Toronto will provide the remaining funds for the $285,200 purchase, under its Source Water Protection Acquisition program through Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). TRCA will manage the property, to ensure "the natural heritage features and environmental functions on the property are protected for future generations," said Brian Denney, TRCA's chief administrative officer. "Uniting the Boyer property with the Glen Haffy Conservation Area will increase uninterrupted forest coverage and further buffer the interior habitat within the conservation area," he added. Peel regional councillor Richard Paternak, who heads the region's Greenlands Securement subcommittee, noted that, "Protecting the headwaters of the Humber River benefits residents in Peel and Toronto who live both upstream and downstream." Peel Region's Greenlands Securement project provides financial assistance to help Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation and the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust protect, preserve and enhance the Region's key natural heritage features. Funds are used for conservation easements, land donations and purchases.

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