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Rouge Park

Lewis Yeager, General Manager of the Rouge
Park (centre) .

FRW appreciates the ongoing funding, guidance and support provided for our projects by the Rouge Park Alliance and Rouge Park staff.

FRW extends our sincere thanks to Rouge Park staff Lewis Yeager, Barb Davies, Doreen McCarty, Maryam Nassar and Aileen Barclay.

Funding from the Rouge Park Alliance has allowed FRW to hire and train University graduates to coordinate projects which involve and educate thousands of community volunteers.

FRW strives to provide the Rouge Park with a cost-effective way to implement projects that address important Rouge Park objectives, such as:

  • "promoting pubic understanding, responsibility, appreciation and enjoyment" of the Rouge Park
  • "restoring and enhancing the natural ecosystem of the park by ensuring the diversity of its native species, habitats, landscapes and ecological processes".

FRW’s restoration of priority Rouge Park sites is helping to expand and reconnect environmentally sensitive areas by planting 18 hectares each year with more than 30,000 native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

A 2004 letter of support from Rouge Park General Manager Lewis Yeager notes:

"This year will be the fourth consecutive year that this FRW project has been chosen as the number one priority project (out of 20 projects submitted in 2003) by the [Rouge Park] Natural and Cultural Heritage committee. This committee comprises members from the following organizations:

  • Rouge Park (Biologist, General Manager and Chair);
  • Conservation Toronto and Region;
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources;
  • Local municipalities (City of Toronto, Town of Markham, Town of Richmond Hill);
  • Region of York;
  • Transport Canada; and
  • Toronto Zoo."

For more information about the Rouge Park, please visit their excellent website