April 27 – General Meeting

Apr 22, 2017

CCKT General Meeting

The public are welcome to come and each person to bring a friend.

The Future of Forests in York Region

Guest Speakers:  Ian Buchanan and Kevin Reese (York Region Forestry Services)

There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

King City Seniors Centre
Fisher Street, King City

Refreshments Served – Bring a Friend and Neighbour

Here Today and Gone Tomorrow?:  Seeking to Preserve the Happy Valley Forest

As you likely know, King Township is home to one of the largest tracts of mature forest in southern Ontario – the Happy Valley Forest.  This wonderful, natural treasure traverses the Oak Ridges Moraine and covers over 12 square kilometers between Weston Road and 8th Concession.  Significant efforts have been made by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) with the support of many landowners to preserve and enhance the vibrant eco-systems in this forest which support a great variety of flora and fauna.

Many residents and visitors to King have enjoyed hiking the hilly trails of the Happy Valley Forest or participating on an equestrian ride.

With many development pressures on King Township and a fast-paced, growing real estate market, many natural features of King are becoming at risk.  The Happy Valley Forest is no exception.  Over the past several months travelers on Weston Road have observed significant clear-cutting of the forest as site preparation for new homes is underway.

CCKT shares the concerns and questions of many.  What do the policies of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan say about clearing trees, building homes and conservation on privately held lots in the Natural Core Area?  How do the planning policies of King Township and York Region address and protect valuable, forested areas?

The upcoming CCKT General Meeting on April 27th seeks to bring light and a better understanding to how forests in York Region are presently managed and what the future vision and plan is for forests and tree cover throughout all of York Region.  Please welcome our keynote speakers, Ian Buchanan and Kevin Reese, of York Region Forestry Services, and bring your questions and ideas.