Ontario Ministry of Transportation: Restoring and enhancing tallgrass and oak savanna habitat on the 300 acres of greenspace associated with the Rt. Hon Herb Gray Parkway

The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway is the Canadian freeway portion of a new international crossing between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan that is adjacent to a rare Tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The Parkway is the first provincial highway project to require locally sourced plant material and to use exclusively native seed mixes. It is the largest landscape installation associated with a provincial highway to date. Implementing the Landscape Plan has been a complex process involving careful selection of native plant material that reflects the Prairie and Oak Savanna ecosystems present in this area. Sourcing material, managing invasives and gaining public acceptance have been challenges. A multi-use trail traverses the landscape and interpretive signage will give visitors a chance to learn about this rare ecosystem. First Nation culture and tradition are integrated into the Parkway, through interpretive material and pedestrian bridges that honour the Seven Grandfather teachings

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Barb Macdonell
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Barb Macdonell is a senior environmental planner with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group. Barb is a Registered Professional Planner. She has worked at the municipal, regional and provincial levels of government in Alberta and as a consultant prior to joining the MTO in 2005. She currently sits on the Board of Tallgrass Ontario.
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