The vision for the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is that it will be known internationally as a protected, permanent and connected natural lands sanctuary from the Harbour to the Escarpment that promotes ecosystem and human health within Ontario's Greenbelt. While the partners have already designated more than 1,900 hectares (4,800 acres) of their properties as being part of the ecopark system, securement of additional key lands is a priority and the partners work together on land securement opportunities. For more information, please see the Permanently Protecting Land in the EcoPark System page on this website.
Since 2013, the partners have permanently protected 118 acres of new land across five properties. These properties are briefly described and shown on a map below (click on the map for a larger version).
Transferred in 2013 to Conservation Halton from Infrastructure Ontario, this property has important natural heritage and is an environmentally significant area. It has been added to Conservation Halton’s Waterdown Woods Resource Management Area.
In 2014, the owner of a residential property in Dundas donated a conservation easement on her property to the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. A conservation easement is a covenant on title that protects the natural heritage on a property.