February 21, 2002
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has laid charges under the Regional Tree Bylaw, and the Forestry Act, with respect to logging that occurred on or about December 12, 2001 at the Eagle's Nest Golf Course development in Vaughan.
The Region laid charges under sections 3 (a) and 3 (b) of the Regional Tree Bylaw (bylaw no. TR-1-91-154, to restrict and regulate the destruction of trees in the Regional Municipality of York), and section 11 of the Forestry Act.
The charges have been laid against the following parties:
The Region of York has laid 432 separate charges under section 3 (a) of the bylaw, which states that no person shall destroy a tree growing in a woodlot in a sensitive natural area. A further 432 charges were laid under section 3 (b) of the bylaw which states that no person shall destroy a tree growing in a woodlot, if the tree is a species listed in the bylaw.
Each offence carries a maximum fine of not more than $20,000, or imprisonment of not more than three months, or both. The Ontario Court of Justice may also order the owner to replant the trees in a manner that the court considers appropriate.
The Eagle's Nest Golf Course development is situated on the west side of Dufferin Street, north of Major Mackenzie Drive, adjacent to the Keele Valley Landfill site in Maple.
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Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region