Hopkins Tract Restoration
Conservation Halton is working on ecological restoration of this vital new natural area in Hamilton. The project at the Hopkins Tract property, located at 201 Old Guelph Road (click here to see a Google map of the Hopkins Tract location), will see 14 hectares (34 acres) of Carolinian hardwood forest, 5,000 metres squared of wetlands, and several wildlife habitat features added to the landscape to support resilient biodiversity and improve water quality.
This exciting restoration opportunity will provide significant benefits due to the unique location of the property. The Hopkins Tract is located between a narrow section of land close to the Lake Ontario shoreline and Niagara Escarpment. This important piece of land will provide, once restored, an important ecological corridor between these two significant features.
This project supports the objectives of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, Greenbelt Act, the City of Hamilton’s Natural Heritage System and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System plans, as well as various species at risk recovery strategies.
Funding for the 2017 portion of the restoration project has been supported by the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Conservation Halton purchased lands in Pleasant View in December 2015. This new natural area is located on the southeast corner of Old Guelph Road and York Road (201 Old Guelph Road) and has been incorporated into the protected lands as part of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.
The 24 hectare property is comprised of four parcels of land consisting of headwater streams, deep oak woodland ravines, and fields. The natural area is closed to the public until restoration works are established.
The property falls within the collaborative Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System. This multi-agency partnership covers more than 9,000 acres of significant natural lands connecting Hamilton and Burlington. The EcoPark System is home to 1,500 species of plants and animals including over 50 species at risk, making it one of the richest ecological areas in Canada.