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Areas of FRW Activity

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Map of the Rouge Watershed and Park
(green areas). Click to enlarge.


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Biomonitoring - Tom Mason of the Toronto
Zoo leads an FRW Butterfly Walk in
July, 2003.


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Bio-monitoring pinpoints sources of
contamination such as this discharge from
the construction of the York Durham Sewer
(September, 2003).


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FRW helps the Conservation Authority
and the Rouge Park acquire and restore
properties to expand the Rouge Park


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Mike McClellan of the City of Toronto
Forestry and St. Bede Catholic school
students after a planting beside the
Morningside Tributary.


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Communications and Volunteer
Coordinator Sadhana Sivasubramaniam
prepares Tamil Community volunteers
for a Wildflower Planting day.


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FRW plans to restore this historic (1860)
Settler's Cottage to help preserve the
cultural heritage of the Rouge area.

Friends of the Rouge Watershed (FRW) is a charitable, community conservation group working with youth and the community to protect, enhance and restore the ecological health of the Rouge River watershed and Park. Our key areas of activity include:

1. Contributing to Watershed and Park Planning and Protection

  • facilitating public awareness of, and involvement in, watershed protection;
  • utilizing science, planning and law to encourage an ecosystem approach to watershed planning which anticipates and avoids environmental damage.

2. Environmental Education

  • providing hands-on conservation activities and environmental education experiences for 2,500 students and 500 community volunteers each year;
  • working with students to promote understanding and action with respect to energy conservation, renewable energy technologies, smog and greenhouse gas reductions, and climate change.

3. Bio-monitoring and Research

  • facilitating and communicating ecosystem monitoring and research to better inform decisions on land use planning and environmental protection.

4. Habitat Enhancement and Restoration

  • planting 35,000 native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to expand woodland, wetland and meadow habitat by 18 hectares per year;
  • creating hundreds of habitat structures, such as raptor posts, nesting boxes and frog ponds, each year;
  • facilitating the recovery of rare and endangered species and attempting to control the spread of invasive exotic species.

5. Land Acquisition and Stewardship

  • raising funds and promoting partnerships to help the Conservation Authority and the Rouge Park acquire ecologically and culturally important lands and develop stewardship agreements.

6. Communications & Volunteer Coordination

  • communicating with the public and decision-makers about environmental challenges and opportunities;
  • training and coordinating volunteers to assist with our conservation activities.

7. Cultural Heritage Conservation

  • assisting with the protection and restoration of archeological sites, historic buildings and sites.

"Friends" includes community volunteers, partners and patrons.