A quick decision may appear short-sighted in the fullness of time.
Mr. Dave Lord of the Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club addresses his groups’ concerns in an open letter published in the Barrie Examiner directed to Premier Wynne and Minister of Natural Resources Orazietti:
This park has been well-used and cherished by Simcoe County residents, and many others, for decades.
The nature trails provide opportunity to introduce children (and all ages) to the workings of the natural world. The ability to see rehabilitated wildlife (after injury), and understand more about their lives and needs gives us all a deeper understanding of other species and our responsibilities as stewards of our planet.
When we see the too-familiar syndrome of ‘nature deficit disorder’ becoming so prevalent in our 21st century lifestyle, the existence of Springwater Park and its amenities provides a golden opportunity to introduce and re-educate our families about the natural world which sustains us.
A request for more time to put a plan together.
The Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club urges you, as our premier and as the minister responsible, to work with Simcoe County, Springwater Township and other local partners to successfully keep Springwater Park open and operating with its current amenities and attractions intact, for now, and the future.
We await your response to our concerns about this important issue.
Springwater Park is a significant head water to the Minesing Wetlands which is both:
- a 6,000 hectare RAMSAR Convention wetlands and
- the largest intact wetland in southern Ontario.