- Garbage Trucks Are An Invasive Species -
The County estimates that garbage trucks will go in and out of this very small, protected forest tract approx. 32,000 times every year... to start!
Wikipedia defines an Invasive Species as "a plant, fungus, or animal species that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), and which has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health."
We believe that garbage trucks rolling through a forest is an inherent threat to the environment as much as any other invasive species. Can you imagine seeing an invasion of garbage trucks turning off the road and rumbling through a beautiful forest? It would be an affront not only to your senses, but also to the very fundamental idea of how a forest should be used and protected. Have you ever driven behind a garbage truck and smelled the stench? Want to smell that as you hike through a forest?
This area of the County forest is a very tiny portion of the total forest. It's a fragile, vulnerable 207 acres of pristine wilderness that sits proudly all by itself... and 32,000 times a year garbage trucks and tractor trailers will rumble in and out through this jewel!!!!
Yes, a garbage truck unfortunately should be added to the list of invasive species about to invade our Simcoe Forest, right alongside the Emerald Ash Borer. We need to fight off this species before devastation takes place and it is too late.