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Canada's first urban national park, the Rouge National Urban Park in the
Greater Toronto Area to offer unprecedented opportunities for Canadians
to connect with nature
OTTAWA, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced today the tabling of a bill to formally establish Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area.
With the tabling of this historic legislation, the Government of Canada continues to build on its record as a world leader in conservation. The creation of Canada's first urban national park directly supports the National Conservation Plan by providing 20% of Canada's population who live within one hour of the park the opportunity to connect with nature.
The Rouge National Urban Park Act will create Canada's first national urban park, unique among protected areas in Canada. The Rouge National Urban Park will be 16 times larger than Central park in New York, contains stricter environmental protections, and protects an important ecosystem in the heart of Canada's largest urban centre. The establishment of this park is just another example of the Government of Canada's commitment to conserve and restore our lands and waters and connect Canadians to our natural heritage.
The Rouge National Urban Park possesses an unparalleled combination of natural and cultural features, including more than 10,000 years of rich human history, countless species of flora and fauna, and a vibrant farming community. The park's urban context brings unprecedented accessibility for Canadians to learn about the park and all of Canada's protected heritage areas, which will be enhanced by multiple access points and a strong sense of arrival and welcome.
The park's existence is witness to years of vision and hard work by citizen organizations and governments. The new park's public profile, policy framework, and management approach will build on nearly three decades of park protection and betterment by governments, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers.
"Our Government is proud to table historic legislation to create Rouge National Urban Park, a Canadian first. This legislation provides the highest level of protection in the history of the Greater Toronto Area and is a testament to our Government's strong commitment to conserving Canada's natural spaces and connecting Canadians to nature as highlighted in the National Conservation Plan."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
SOURCE Parks Canada
Image with caption: "A monarch caterpillar from the Rouge Valley. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140613_C7024_PHOTO_EN_41406.jpg
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