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High Park Woodland & Savannah Management Plan pdf (City of Toronto report, 2 mb)
Maps from High Park Woodland & Savannah Management Plan
High Park Management Plan maps (pdf) (City of Toronto report, 1.3 mb)
Park's Protection Expanded In 2015 City Council approved an Official Plan amendment that adds High Park’s Tablelands to the map of Toronto's Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs). Policies covering ESAs and ANSIs were also strengthened. 2012 ESA Report More details
High Park Protocol - A Discussion Paper, 1997 by Charles Kinsley pdf
Proposals for the Rehabilitation of Grenadier Pond et al, Gartner Lee, 1995 Part 1,Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
An ANSI is a designated Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Read more
ANSI Report - A Botanical Inventory and Evaluation of the High Park Woodlands, S. Varga, 1989 pdf
Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) in the City of Toronto report.
High Park Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) Factsheets
Ontario MNR Invasive Species Discussion Paper 2013
Rare Vascular Plants of Ontario list
Natural Environment Trails Strategy This strategy will help to ensure the protection of the City of Toronto’s natural areas while offering safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for all natural environment users by creating a sustainable multi-use trail system.
PARKS PLAN - The 2013-2017 Parks Plan was adopted by City Council on May 7, 2013.
An ANSI is an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. A total of 73 ha (45%) of High Park has been designated an ANSI. The ANSI is included in the designated Environmentally Significant Area (ESA).
The ANSI is protected for the long term by the Provincial Policy Statement and its guideline the Natural Heritage Reference Manual (NHRM). (Municipalities need to either follow the guideline or take measures that have the same effect and explain how the effect is achieved.)
Significant features should be protected by a buffer. One function of the buffer is to prevent the penetration of light and noise into the natural heritage feature (see Table 13-1 on page 130 of the NHRM). The minimum width of buffers to protect wildlife habitat should be 100m (NHRM page 136), and the buffer should have native vegetation.
Life science ANSIs are significant representative segments of Ontario’s biodiversity and natural landscapes, including specific types of forests, valleys, prairies, savannahs, alvars and wetlands, their native plants and animals, and their supporting environments. They contain relatively undisturbed vegetation and landforms, and their associated species and communities. Provincially significant life science ANSIs include the most significant and best examples of the natural heritage features in the province, and many will correspond to other significant features and areas such as wetlands, valleylands and woodlands.
ANSIs play an important role in the protection of Ontario’s natural heritage, since they best represent the full spectrum of biological communities, natural landforms and environments across Ontario outside of provincial parks and conservation reserves. In addition, ANSIs provide a focus for both public and private sectors to contribute to the protection of Ontario’s natural heritage.
Native Woody Plants support Insect Species
Douglas Tallamy’s 2007 book Bringing Nature Home includes detailed information about the number and types of insect species various native woody plants support. Oaks are at the top of the list, with 517 lepidoptera species. Toronto-based native plant expert Charles Kinsley has adapted Tallamy’s list for the Ontario context:
Funding for Park Groups The Partnership Development Unit of Parks, Forestry & Recreation helps grassroots community groups with their fundraising projects, and we welcome support and funding from corporations, foundations and philanthropists. Working together, we have successfully raised millions of dollars for parks, recreation and urban forestry projects for the benefit of Torontonians and visitors. Please contact us to discuss your needs and projects.