We are pleased to announce that the Grenadier Pond Wetland Complex has been given “Provincially Significant Wetland” status by the Ontario government. The evaluation summary, conducted by Toronto Region Conservation for the Ministry of Northern Development, Natural Resources, and Forestry, and the Province’s cover letter are now available.
The catchment area for the complex encompasses three watercourses: Spring Creek in the eastern part of High Park, Wendigo Creek which flows into Grenadier Pond on the west side of the park; and to the west an unnamed stream that enters West (Catfish) Pond in Rennie Park.
Some highlights about the wetland complex:
- probably one of the highest-use wetlands for public nature appreciation in Ontario…[and] scores the maximum value possible for education and research purposes
- supports 22 different vegetation communities…[and] a total of 53 significant flora and fauna species
- generally in fair condition considering its location in a heavily urbanized landscape
- complements the provincial Area of Natural and Scientific Interest which is focused on the oak savannah habitats, as well as the City of Toronto’s Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs).
The evaluation summary includes a number of recommendations to maintain or improve these wetlands. The High Park Natural Environment Committee will continue to advocate for the protection and responsible management of this precious resource.