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North Gwillimbury development threatens wetlands and forests

A new development being proposed for the south shore of Lake Simcoe will have a large impact on one of the watershed’s largest forested areas. Metrus Developments proposed Maple Leaf Estates will turn a core part of North Gwillimbury Forest in the Town of Georgina into a large subdivision. Metrus is relying on a 28-year-old planning approval for a mobile home park to pave the way for its new plans for more than 1,000 detached homes.

The proposed development would disrupt a provincially significant wetland and destroy critical forest cover at a time when the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan calls for increasing forest cover in the watershed.  It would also isolate the Arnold C. Mathews Nature Reserve, created through the vision and generosity of local residents.

A local residents group – the North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance – has formed to oppose the development and has just launched an action-oriented website.

To join the action, learn more and see a map, go to

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