Toronto is filled with ravines. They cut through almost every corner of the city, providing a home for the vast majority of Toronto’s plants and animals. Actually, about 87% of Toronto’s Environmentally Significant Area’s (ESA’s) are found in ravines, which makes Toronto’s ravine system very important to our city’s ecology. Thus, in 2002, Toronto City Council passed the ‘Ravine & Natural Feature Protection Bylaw’ which was created to protect all ravine areas – about 11,000 ha of land in Toronto.
Invasive Species’ threat to Toronto Ravines
Invasive plants have led to a considerable loss of biodiversity in Toronto ravines. Human disturbances such as environmental pollution, urban development, soil compaction, and erosion, weaken and deteriorate Toronto’s natural habitats. Invasive plants and trees are able to take advantage of these once healthy, natural areas, out-competing native vegetation.
Are there any invasive species in your ravine property?
Here are the most common invasive species in Toronto ravines:
What should you do if you find invasive species in your ravine?
Specialists in natural habitat restoration, UFORA is concerned with maintaining ravines. Our restoration practices follow guidelines in Toronto’s Ravine Protection Bylaw offering you the most environmentally responsible management practices. UFORA specializes in restoring sensitive ravine habitats in your area by controlling invasive species and plants that are foreign to Southern Ontario and ensure the growth of healthy indigenous plants. UFORA’s restoration work involves cutting invasive and dangerous trees, removing garbage, erosion control, and planting new native trees, shrubs, and ferns.
Whether you need brush removal, shrub removal, buckthorn removal, or the removal of any invasive species on your property, UFORA ensures the most responsible and ethical arborist and tree services. Click here for more information on our invasive species removal services.