This data set was created to provide land use information on the Oak Ridges Moraine and is the basis for Ontario Regulation 140/02.
The data was digitized at 1:10,000 or better using 0.5 metre air photos, MNR, DMTI, Upper and Lower-tier Official Plans and digital vector layers.
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When the glaciers of the Wisconsin ice age retreated some 11,000 years ago they left the giant ridge of sediment we now know as the Oak Ridges Moraine. Southern Ontario was a bleak and chilly place.
Woolly Mammoths roamed the perimeter of giant lakes, many times larger than our current “Great Lakes”. At this time, the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) would have looked like arctic tundra, with only a few small coniferous trees and sparse vegetation able to grow in the stark rocky landscape.
The forests of the Moraine grew and changed, ultimately evolving into a complex ecosystem that sustained a diversity of wildlife under a towering canopy of oaks, sugar maples, beech, and many other tree species.
The Moraine has been shaped by the forces of nature and the forces of human occupation. What happens in the future will depend on understanding the past and by acting now to find a course of sustainability.
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Salamanders are in a terrible crisis. Many salamander species are disappearing from the wild. Unfortunately, due to their secretive lifestyles, salamanders are not commonly seen by people. This means the decline in salamanders largely goes unnoticed – even as species become extirpated (locally extinct and exterminated). Salamanders are further at risk due to the fact that few conservation groups are solely devoted to their recovery, and the general public is largely indifferent to saving ”slimy amphibians.”
How can you help?
- If you encounter a salamander in the wild (whether in land or water) admire it by observation only. Salamanders have very absorbent skin and the oils and salts from human hands can seriously harm them. Chemicals on the hands such as insect repellents, sunblock, and lotions can further cause damage. The risk of skin damage that could result in secondary skin infections, as well as bone and muscle injuries from struggling are also a threat. For these reasons salamanders should never be mauled or handled by novices. Unfortunately, some people attempt to ‘rescue’ the salamanders that they find. In doing so, they are only capturing the animals and removing them from their natural habitat. A small salamander on its own does not need to be rescued. These animals are capable of caring for themselves. Therefore, a tiny salamander is not lost or abandoned by its parents. They do not need to be rescued from the cold either, these animals are amphibians not reptiles, and as such are very cold hardy. Salamanders have even been observed walking over snow or ice in early March. If you find a salamander simply leave it alone, just admire it by observation, and do not capture it. It does not need your help!
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Pollution Probe is a Canadian charitable environmental organization that is a leading agent of change at the intersection of communities, health and environment. Since 1969, we have been defining environmental problems through research, promoting understanding through education and pressing for practical solutions through advocacy. We are a partnership-building organization that engages government agencies, private businesses and other non-profit organizations that have a legitimate interest in an issue to help us find solutions. We are also a donor-based organization, and maintain a practical, independent perspective by drawing upon the financial support of a broad spectrum of individuals. We seek to represent the needs of the general public by working to make visible the needs of all, as distinct from the needs of interested parties, in finding environmental solutions. And we resist the temptation to oversimplify issues that are truly complex, just as we avoid clouding issues that are quite simple. We challenge our donors, our partners and the public to think through the important, sometimes difficult, environmental problems that face us all.
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Today, Tides Canada has grown to be a recognized national leader in social change philanthropy. They have supported over 2,500 initiatives with grants totaling $158,403,260 in support of environmental and social change. We support nearly 40 initiatives on our shared platform and manage about 200 donors advised funds.
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