Left to right: Eric Davies, U of T, Stephen Smith UFORA, Joan York from the DPRG, and Marc Letourneau NRRA look over 400 planted oak acorns that have sprouted.

This post is taken from the Deer Park Resident’s Group  Spring 2019 newsletter. All text and photos belong to Deer Park Resident’s Group.

“The “Seeds to Seedlings” program with three local schools has been enthusiastically received and three more schools will begin this September. It is our plan to expand the program to many more schools, scaling local native planting and biodiversity across the City. The program involves collecting old forest growth seeds, planting in seed boxes over a three-year period, when they will be ready to transplant in the ravine and nearby areas, while raising awareness by providing hands on education for students and enabling them to become future stewards of the ravine.”

“Continued research into the science of ravine health and restoration is critical in gaining the support required to tackle this huge job. Once again, Forestry researchers from U of T will be in the field addressing the mapping of native species and tackling invasives. In Toronto, an astonishing 40% of our ravines are on private property. Since invasive species respect no boundaries, it is important that ravine property owners become aware and involved in ravine stewardship.”