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June 8, 2019 10:00AM
Tree Walk 2: Todmordon Mills
Dead Tree Abundance with Paula Davies and Stephen Smith
Meeting point: Todmorden Mills Park, 67 Pottery Road. Meet at the front doors of the Papermill Theatre building.
Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 member pricing
Paula Davies and Stephen Smith lead a walk along the Todmorden Mills’ Wildflower Preserve Trail. A site that is dedicated to ecological restoration, Todmorden Mills is abundant with dead trees and home to a variety of plants and animals. This walk explores dead trees in various stages of decomposition and the different life forms that are supported by them, including wildflowers and Toronto’s unofficial mushroom species, Dryad’s Saddle.
About Paula Davies and Stephen Smith:
Paula Davies has been active in environmental stewardship since the late 1980’s, beginning with the City of Toronto Task Force to Bring Back the Don, the East York Environmental Advisory Committee, and in 1991, forming the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve (TMWP) at Todmorden Mills Park with noted environmentalist Charles Sauriol and horticulturist Dave Money. The TMWP, a registered charity under Paula’s direction, is actively restoring forest, wetlands and meadows at the 22-acre (9.1 hectare) park, just north of Danforth Avenue.
Stephen Smith is a forester and certified arborist with the firm Urban Forest Associates (UFA) Inc. As a restoration practitioner, he has designed and supervised hundreds of ecological restoration projects throughout Ontario over the past 35 years, working with many partner groups, and is the author of the invasive plant species list for Ontario. He is a founding member of the Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario and a member of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC), and the Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA).