The Oak Ridges Moraine: A Natural Place for Everyone to Enjoy
Too much development on the Oak Ridges Moraine means habitat loss for hundreds of plant and animal species. Even with over four million people living nearby, the Oak Ridges Moraine is still 30 percent forested. There are so few large areas of forest left in southern Ontario that the Moraine is crucial for the survival of many threatened birds. The Moraine also has thousands of wetlands, including unusual kettle lakes and rare kettle bogs with plant species like the rose pogonia orchid that are usually found in northern Ontario. Some drier upland areas have prairie plants like wild lupine and big bluestem grass.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the last continuous corridors of greenspace left in southern Ontario. The Oak ridges trail crosses the length of the Moraine with a link to the Trans Canada trail- a great place to hike and ski that is only an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto! We need a clean and green Moraine to save us from sprawling urban development.
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The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a watchdog and defender of Ontario’s innovative greenbelt.
This map above shows Ontario Greenbelt Alliances’ geographic map of Ontario, and places related to greenbelt. The final goal of Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is to preserve good environment that exists in present, and recover the polluted environment by successfully growing a complete greenbelt.
About Ontario Greenbelt Alliance :
- The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a watchdog and defender of Ontario’s innovative Greenbelt. Our vision is to make the Greenbelt a valuable and permanent part of Ontario’s landscape. The Alliance is coordinated by Environmental Defence.
Story of Ontario Greenbelt Alliance:
- The Greenbelt Alliance was instrumental in establishing the Greenbelt in the lead up to 2005, growing it in the intervening years and making it the largest permanently protected Greenbelt in the world. Its members draw attention to the issues that are affecting the Greenbelt, support communities and governments in their efforts to protect the Greenbelt for its natural and agricultural values, work together and share information on key regional issues.
- The Greenbelt is a living, growing system for sustaining a healthy environment and vibrant communities.
For more information about their plans, visit http://www.greenbeltalliance.ca/.
Toronto, ON — Over 100 community groups, including the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership and Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, are requesting that the provincial government grow the Greenbelt to protect 1.5 million acres of land containing vital water resources.
The ongoing Greenbelt Plan review represents a unique opportunity to permanently protect important headwaters, moraines, groundwater recharge areas and wetlands. These vital water systems supply clean drinking water directly to one million people and help provide a clean source of drinking water to millions more in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
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OGA representatives delivered the over 35,000 letters to Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro and met with MPPs from all parties to urge the province to:
- Grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable water supplies and natural areas
- Support a thriving rural economy, including the $11 billion agriculture and food sector that provides 110,000 jobs for Ontario
- Stop sprawling our cities outwards by freezing urban boundaries and instead create liveable, walkable communities with a greater range of housing options in already built-up areas
The Greenbelt remains the most popular environmental initiative in Ontario’s history, with 90 per cent of residents in support of keeping it permanently protected. A new poll by Environics and released by Environmental Defence and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation this week also found that eight in ten Greater Golden Horseshoe residents support the Growth Plan, citing the protection of farmland and natural areas as the most important reason for their support.
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