Special Lecture: Restoring Cottonwood Flats in the Don Valley

Once home to a rockwool factory and municipal snow dump, Cottonwood Flats is now a unique parcel of meadow and wetland in the Don Valley, adjacent Crothers Woods. In this talk, Jason Ramsay-Brown will explore the long-term results of this restoration effort as described by the years of data collected by TFN’s Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Project (CFMP). He’ll also describe how this data will be used to drive and validate TFN’s ongoing stewardship of the Flats with its new City of Toronto Community Stewardship Program (CSP) team.

Jason is the author of Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests (Lorimer, 2015 & 2020).  He is Past-President of the Toronto Field Naturalists, one of the Lead Stewards on TFN’s CSP Team, and has served as a primary administrator of CFMP since its inception. His passion for nature in the city has seen him serve on the City of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy Advisory Group, TRCA’s Regional Watershed Alliance, as a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve & Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Teams, and as a Planting Captain with the City of Toronto.

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The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.