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WILD,
CONNECTED
AND DIVERSE
How the Urban Ecosystem
Contributes to Mitigating Climate
Change in Canada's Largest City
JANE WELSH

>FR_LP+ DÉMONTÉ, BRANCHÉ ET
DIVERSIFIÉ

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1 CITY SKYLINE WITH FOREST 2 CROTHERS
WOODS TRAIL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
IMPLEMENTATION 3 ANALYSIS OF VEGETATION
(WALLACE MCHARG ROBERTS & TODD, 1976)
4, 5 RESTORATION OF KIMBARK COLDSTREAM
RAVINE SLOPE BEFORE (2005) AND AFTER (2011)
PHOTOS 1 CITY OF TORONTO 2 MATT FORSYTHE 3 WALLACE
MCHARG ROBERTS & TODD 4,5 RUTHANNE HENRY, OALA

30 LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES

SURPRISINGLY, FOR A dynamically
growing city of 2.9 million, Toronto has a
robust and extensive natural ecosystem.
In Robert Burley's book, An Enduring
Wilderness, the evolving and haunting
beauty of Toronto's natural spaces in the
ravines and waterfront that make up 17
per cent of Toronto's land base and the
heart of Toronto's natural ecosystem
are documented through a series of
photographs and essays. These, together
with an extensive system of parks and
open spaces, tableland forests, street
trees, back yards and even green roofs give
Toronto its identity as a city within a park.

This system adds immeasurable beauty
and liveability to the city, contributes to
the health and wellbeing of residents,
cleans the air and consumes and moves
stormwater. The urban ecosystem and all
its component parts contribute in a critical
way to mitigating climate change through
carbon sequestration and reduction of
GHG emissions.
Landscape architects in both the public
and private sectors have a significant
role to play in ensuring that the natural
ecosystem in Toronto was and is protected,
restored and enhanced through strategic
planning and foresight, regulations and
policy, master plans, stewardship and
sensitive design.



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