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Mature Oak, Monarch Park

Could Toronto Oaks Become Yet Another Endangered Tree?

by David Wallace Barr In recent months we have seen some troubling headlines south of the border. “Oak trees in the Mid-Atlantic region are dying. Here’s why.” – the Washington Post (Nov 25, 2021. “Why White Oak Trees on Route 1 Are Dying” – The Hyattsville Wire (Dec 17, 2019). “Essential tree species facing decline” Read More

Public walks are back.

We are happy to be able to offer public walks again. Starting in July 2022, we will start offering one public walk per month. Our July public walk will take place on July 7th in Woodbine and Ashbridge’s Bay Parks and will be lead by Bob Kortright. This will be a nature and heritage walk. Read More

Walks update

Happy Summer! We are happy to announce that our walks program will become more like what it was pre-pandemic. Starting in July registration will no longer be required for our walks. Members will be able to bring guests again. We ask that each member bring only one guest on a walk. Our public walks will Read More

Stewardship of Cottonwood Flats

On the morning of May 3, 2022, a dozen or so TFNers, City staff, and Community Stewardship Program (CSP) volunteers gathered at a scattering of armourstones in in the Don Valley for the inaugural session of something quite wonderful: a new stewardship team at Cottonwood Flats! For the last five years, TFN has led the Read More

Ashbridges Bay in late fall, 2017

Our bit to protect the freshwater dunes at Woodbine Beach

An April 13, 2022, Toronto Star feature by M.L. Bream (“Hundreds of species and a precious bit of wildness get a reprieve“) has generated a lot of excitement in our community over the last week! With the removal of the nine-hole disc golf course at Woodbine Beach, the fragile freshwater dunes there will no longer Read More

Tell the City to make nature a priority on the Toronto Islands

Your chance to comment on the Toronto Island Park Master Plan is March 1st – March 7. Tell the City to make nature a priority on the Toronto Islands! The City is hosting four public input evenings on the long-term future of the Toronto Islands. March 1st (6:00 – 9 pm) Open House March 3 Read More

TFN’s 2022 Nature Images Show

Our second online Nature Images show was again very successful, with eleven presenters displaying their talents, plus a special tribute to a long-time member and wonderful photographer, Augusta Takeda, who passed away this summer. Many thanks to all of our presenters who generously shared their images and videos! For those unable to join us at Read More

Toronto Trees Getting a Head Start

by David Wallace Barr The idea of an urban microclimate is probably not new to most of us. It’s been quite a while since we first heard a city described as a heat island, and it’s undoubtedly as true of Toronto as of any major North American or European city. The whole study of the Read More

View of the Don Valley and downtown from Leaside bridge

Open Letter to City Council re: IE27.6 Review of City of Toronto Golf Courses

TFN is proud to have helped draft an open letter to the mayor and councillors regarding IE27.6 Review of City of Toronto Golf Courses, which is going to City Council tomorrow. Organizations wishing to lend their support to this letter are encouraged to sign here. Toronto City Hall 100 Queen St. W., Toronto Attn: City Clerk & Read More