Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dear Doug MacKay and The Region Municipality of Durham Works Department,
As a Whitby resident who lives very close to the proposed road connection, I completely oppose this project. I have enjoyed the trails in this area since I was a child and it would be heartbreaking to lose them. Connecting Manning and Adelaide is not worth destroying the pedestrian and cycling trails, breeding grounds for at least 26 bird species, at least 6 endangered Butternut trees, and the habitat for hundreds of animals. The amount of forest that will remain after this project is not adequate to provide habitat for the displaced animals. This area already has issues with coyotes, foxes, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks being hit by cars, as well as entering private properties, getting into garbage containers, ruining gardens, and on occasion killing pets. If these animals have even less habitat near by they will become even more of a presence in the neighbourhood, endangering themselves because of traffic and pest control.
I completely agree with a fellow resident's recommendation published on DurhamRegion.com, "Instead of building a road, make the area into a regional conservation area and trail system. This would encourage families to get outdoors and foster an interest in nature. If the forest was protected then garbage bins could be installed and restoration of habitat could occur. Protecting the woodland would also create the opportunity for environmental stewardship programs in schools." (Breanna Hall, Oshawa, May 22, 2012).
This road connection may have been considered a necessity in 1970 when it was first proposed, but conditions have changed and plans should change accordingly. Since Whitby is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, and most available natural spaces have been used for housing or retail, it is important to protect the few wild spaces that are left. Watching my hometown develop without taking environmental sustainability and conservation into account has been very upsetting, and I hope Durham Region will do the right thing and reverse its classification of this option as the recommended solution, because it is the option that causes the second most harm.
Please keep me informed about this project and any public information sessions or discussion forums on the issue.
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