Back to the Woods: A Five Year Celebration of Monitoring the Moraine event a success

Event calls for campaign pledges leading up to 2015 ORMCP review

KING CITY, ON, November 9, 2010- On Saturday, November 6, 2010, Monitoring the Moraine, a collaboration between EcoSpark and the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, held their fifth annual Monitoring the Moraine celebration at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

The Back to the Woods: A Five Year Celebration of Monitoring the Moraine event celebrated the work of Sharon Keogh, Ken Towle, Millbrook residents that took part in the Its About Water campaign, the York Regional Fire Advisory team and Northumberland County for making the Oak Ridges Moraine, one of southern Ontario’s largest and most ecologically important landscapes, a better place. It also hosted a tribute for Kathy Guselle, a former Moraine Hero award winner who was dedicated to preserving the Moraine’s Ganaraska River headwaters and who helped create the Sava the Ganaraska Again (SAGA) group in 1988.

The event was attended by approximately 85 individuals that enjoyed lunch, the Moraine Hero Awards ceremony, a performance by musician David Archibald and the launching of Monitoring the Moraine’s Moraine for 2015 campaign. It gratefully acknowledged the work contributed Moraine-wide since Monitoring the Moraine’s establishment in 2005 but called for continued efforts from individuals on the Moraine leading up to the review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP) in 2015.

The ORMCP was passed by the Ontario government in April, 2002. Its purpose is to protect the Moraine by providing land use and resource management direction for the 190,000 hectares of land and water located on the significant landscape.  The Moraine for 2015 campaign hopes to build a movement of communities that are engaged and informed about the Moraine so that the government will continue to protect it past the ORMCP’s review in 2015.

Back to the Woods: A Five Year Celebration of Monitoring the Moraine was sponsored by the Metcalf Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Mountain Equipment Co-op. The Moraine Hero Awards were sponsored by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation. Moraine for 2015 is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Mountain Equipment Co-op.

For more information on Monitoring the Moraine visit EcoSpark’s website at http://www.ecospark.ca/monitoringthemoraine.




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