The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic value of the ecosystem services and benefits provided by various types of ecosystem and land uses found within the region.
The Rouge area has a rich natural, agricultural and cultural history. It is home to remarkable Carolinian forest, more than 1,000 known wildlife species, two national historic Sites, and some of the best remaining farmland remaining in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It also provides a contiguous natural corridor from the Oak Ridges Moraine to the shores of Lake Ontario. This past year (2012), the federal government committed to permanently protecting much of the area by establishing Canada's first urban National Park in the Rouge.