Work completed at Whitby’s Herber Down Conservation Area

October 22, 2015 by  

Those who wish to take a walk through Whitby’s Herber Down Conservation Area will now be able to enjoy it that much more.

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority recently completed its efforts to restore the habitat of an old aggregate pit that occupied part of the area. The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC) made repairs to a bank that had become eroded and repurposed concrete debris to make it safer to travel the road that leads to Devil’s Den pond, which is a popular destination for those who want to enjoy some time outdoors. The cost for the improvements came in at approximately $100,000.

The conservation area covers a span of 284 hectares and provides a range of recreational activities that include picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching and more. Nearly 20,000 visitors come out to make use of the area each year, and a printing company can create signs that can help them to make the most of their time there.

The TOARC has engaged in a program to rehabilitate quarries and pits that are no longer in use and have been deemed to be abandoned as per the Aggregate Resources Act. The group collects half a cent per tonne of license fees that each of the members of the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. These funds are used to remediate the sites and turn them into something people can enjoy.