UPDATE - MAY 27, 2021
Friends of Simcoe Forests Inc. v. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
FREELE TRACT/SITE C136 LOCATION
Unbelievable as it may sound, in Simcoe County, (Ontario, Canada) elected officials have voted to build a Organics Processing Facility (OPF) and Materials Management Facility (MMF) smack in the middle of a pristine, protected County Forest!
The Problem: Our fight is not against the County advocating and supporting a waste consolidation and recycling initiative. In fact, we honestly think that this kind of innovative thinking could be a darn good idea that needs to be explored further.
What we don't support is the well intentioned but misguided thinking that putting a combined garbage consolidation and waste processing plant (including diapers and pet waste) right in the middle of a protected forest is a great idea. It seems to fly in the face of established best practices for forest management, as well as their own Official Forest Management Plan 2011 - 2030. In the plan they state ... "“For many residents and visitors, the SCF (Simcoe County Forest) is the only opportunity they have to view actively managed forests; as such it provides an important opportunity to increase the awareness and value of forests.”
The Simcoe County Forest is one of largest municipally-owned forests in Canada - totaling over 32,000 acres. They have a justifiably proud legacy of responsible forest stewardship and forestry management practices that are the envy of forest management professionals from around the nation... and around the world.
The Solution: This processing factory and transfer facility belongs in a site zoned for Industrial use. Problem solved.
We feel compelled to fight this. It is the right thing to do. It is what we owe to our children, and our children's children.