Spring compensation tree planting is in full swing as Metrolinx continues setting the foundations for GO Expansion

See photos from three Toronto and Region Conservation Authority tree planting sites as Metrolinx continues to work with conservation authorities to make the region a greener place while preparing the GO train network for faster and cleaner service.

Spring has sprung and Metrolinx’s partnerships with conservation authorities across the region are blooming again too.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been instrumental in helping Metrolinx ensure that compensation for the trees and vegetation that will be cleared to make room for expanding GO Train service exceeds standard requirements.   

Just last week, Metrolinx News took a detailed look at what goes into planning tree planting sites, and now GTHA residents can see how this strategy comes to life.

Spring planting season is underway and Metrolinx is bringing you along for a sneak peak of the great work TRCA is doing on behalf of the regional transit agency.

At TRCA lands located at Brock Road North & Hwy. 7 in Pickering, the conservation agency is planting 564 trees and 1,800 shrubs.

Tree planting crews stand in a field on TRCA lands in Pickering
Tree planting crews stand in a field on TRCA lands in Pickering. They’re planting various native species including: White Pine, Nannyberry, Pussy Willow, Shining Willow, Trembling Aspen and Bur Oak. (TRCA photo)

Cold Creek Conservation Area located in King Township will see 1,800 new trees and 4,560 shrubs added as part of this project.

A TRCA worker holding shrubs as part of the planting efforts in King Township.
A TRCA worker holding shrubs as part of the planting efforts in King Township. Species being planted here include: White Cedar, White Pine, American Hazelnut, Red Osier Dogwood, Smooth Serviceberry, Balsam Poplar and Bur Oak. (TRCA photo)

And King’s Park in Mississauga has seen 115 trees added to its flora, including White Cedar, Tamarack, Red Maple, and Silver Maple.

ere's a look at  King’s Park in Mississauga where more than 100 native trees have been planted this spring
Here’s a look at King’s Park in Mississauga where more than 100 native trees have been planted this spring. (TRCA photo)

All of this work builds on the planting of more than 22,100 native trees and shrubs Metrolinx funded and coordinated in 2020 through partnerships with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), Conservation Halton and TRCA.

Metrolinx will continue to provide updates as work continues with other conservation authorities across the region in preparation for the largest transit expansion in Canadian history.

For more information on Metrolinx’s vegetation compensation program, please visit Metrolinx.com/vegetation.

Story by Robert Pasiak, Metrolinx communications senior advisor