Donland Cousens Restoration
What makes this project unique is its high profile location and future legacy of serving as a naturalized green space to be valued by local residents, as well as serving as a healthy sustainable ecosystem for the Rouge Park watershed. This project reinforces the values and goals of the Rouge Park as it sets an example of the interconnectedness between people and the environment.
Its niche with respect to public relations comes from the special sense of stewardship and ownership that develops within those people that work on restoration projects. It provides a role for small groups and young people in the restoration of the Rouge Park with an innovative approach to traditional tree-planting events. The interconnection with young people is a keystone in the development of long-term support for the park.
This project entailed the implementation of conservation to restore just over 10 acres overall of green space by planting native trees and shrubs along the North Berm tail end (2400 trees ) and east half flatland (7050 trees) using different planting layouts in each of the two sections, while providing opportunities for education and stewardship for participating students and volunteers. The general principles deployed include; the use of nucleation as the basis for establishing new vegetation throughout the East half flatland. The use of test plots to determine the soil amendment techniques that best supported tree survival rate along the tail end of the North Berm.
Approximately 10 acres total of green space were restored, providing light and noise pollution buffers, and habitat for wildlife.