Nature on the Edge: Natural Capital and Ontario’s Growing Golden Horseshoe
David Suzuki Foundation
Authored by: Sara Wilson
Cities eco-assets, Ontario, policy and regulation, conservation, agriculture, land use, natural capital, forests
A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario’s rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares of unprotected farmland, fields and forests in the municipalities of Durham, York, Halton, Hamilton and Peel. The fate of these lands remains uncertain as the provincial government considers whether to approve proposals to develop prime farmland and green space as the region grows.