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Clearcutting in the Don Valley

Giant machines have felled every tree and scraped all vegetation through great swaths of the Don Valley to make way for the Ontario Line subway. Photographer Steven Evans captures stunning images of the impact, accompanied by text by Ian Darragh.


If you walk, bicycle or drive along Millwood Road along the edge of the Don Valley, a fringe of greenery hides the moonscape below. There are huge clearcuts where heavy machinery has logged over sections of Crothers Woods, a mecca for mountain bikers, walkers and birders. You can easily miss the extensive clearcuts below that make the Don Valley look like logged over sections of British Columbia. So far Metrolinx says it has cut down 2,712 trees, including old-growth oak and maple... Read more

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