Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local history

May 27, 2015|
Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local history by Jason Ramsay-Brown
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Ravines are one of the wonders of Toronto. Cutting deep through the city, they are islands of natural heritage. While the city carries on above them and inevitably has its impact, the ravines still offer surprising ecological diversity. And they have much to tell about Toronto''s history.

Jason Ramsay-Brown has had a lifelong fascination with ravines, and he has spent years exploring them and discovering their little-known history. For the past 15 years he has explored more than 100 of these ravines, and hundreds of kilometres of trails weaving in and out of them. In this book he shares his knowledge so that Torontonians and visitors alike can better appreciate their ravine heritage.

Among the 30 ravines across the city featured in this book are:

  • Gates Gully in the Scarborough Bluffs area, a crossroads of natural heritage and local history
  • Glendon Forest, with a beautiful old-growth forest area at risk because of the impact of visitation on highly environmentally sensitive areas
  • Taylor Creek Park in the East York area, an example of the city''s sewershed and the value of wetlands
  • Passmore Forest and L''Amoreaux Park North and its 600-year-old Alexandra aboriginal site where 800 Huron-Wendat people lived
  • Rouge Park on the city''s eastern edge, and the story of a proposed urban national park

With extensive visuals illustrating the text, this is a book which will inform and surprise every Torontonian, and which will allow visitors an easy path to discover the riches of the city''s ravines and forests.

Visit Jason''s blog about Toronto''s ravines.

JASON RAMSAY-BROWN is President of the Toronto Field Naturalists and represented TFN on the City of Toronto''s Ravine Strategy Advisory Group in 2015/2016. He has served for many years as a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team, Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, and as a Planting Captain with the City ...
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Title:Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local historyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 10 X 7 X 1 inShipping dimensions:192 pages, 10 X 7 X 1 inPublished:May 27, 2015Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459408756

ISBN - 13:9781459408753

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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