In 2022, the City of Brampton collaborated with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to develop a forest restoration and management plan for Norton Place Park.
For centuries, the Norton Place Park woodland and wetland have undergone many changes and transformations. The rise of agriculture and logging in the 19th century led to widespread deforestation, and it wasn't until the mid-20th century that the woodland began to recover. However, rapid urbanization in the 1960s and 1980s led to the introduction of invasive species, a decline in the overstory, and increased flooding due to more impermeable surfaces surrounding the park.
The City of Brampton is committed to restoring this critical ecosystem. Through this restoration and management plan, the City provides opportunities for improved forest health and ecosystem service output for the woodland park.
Elevate the park's ecological heritage
by undertaking restoration efforts in the forest and wetland areas. This
includes the provision of essential ecosystem services such as wildlife habitat
preservation, erosion control, flood mitigation, and carbon sequestration.
Develop a comprehensive understanding of
the factors influencing site hydrology and offer recommendations for long-term
Mitigate the adverse impact on the
wetland and woodland ecosystems resulting from the activities of park users and
Over the next decade, the City will undertake the following measures:
- Invasive species management
- Restoration planning
- Hydrologic / drainage improvements
- Park user management
- Wildlife habitat management