Consider what an acre of green space, whether covered with forest, wetlands or open meadow does for you; cleaning air, cooling the climate, cleaning and regulating water, protecting you from run-off and erosion, sheltering wildlife, contributing to pollination, providing a space for recreation, dispersal of seeds and several other functions. Now, consider that 90% of the Oak Ridges Moraine is in private ownership. Whose job is it to protect these life-sustaining functions? The task of protection is not just for landowners, but all who enjoy these public benefits. That’s you, and me, and all of us. Legislation to protect the ecological functions and open spaces of the Oak Ridges Moraine is not enough.
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