Federal Study of Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve puts some Greenbelt Construction on Hold
From Environmental Defence
Mar 21 2023
|Last November, the provincial government tried to hand 7,400 acres of our Greenbelt to sprawl developers quickly and quietly. But people like you wrote letters, made phone calls and attended rallies all across the province and made the issue too big to ignore.
Now, the federal government is planning to study the impact of development in the area of the largest removal – the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve (DRAP). This is an important first step towards permanent protection for this vital area of forests and farmland.
Minister Guilbeault just announced that the federal government is launching a comprehensive study of current and future development in and around Rouge National Park. Environmental Defence applauds this decision. Development in the DRAP, which borders Rouge National Park, is a threat to several areas of federal concern, including Indigenous Rights, Biodiversity and Climate Change.
|This study should lead to the permanent protection of the largest single section of land that was removed from the Greenbelt last year, but other portions remain unprotected. Environmental Defence will continue to monitor and work to protect those lands.