PROTECTING THE MORAINE
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.
In this section you will find information about the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust - one small group of citizens encouraging and enabling landowners to protect and steward their properties for our collective public benefit. You will also find here details on legislation and municipal official plans that provide some measure of protection through compliance. You will learn about citizens who advocated for protection and still monitor and voice concerns about ensuring sustainability of the moraine's ecological functions. And you will be directed to find out about many more organizations, all doing their part across the 160 kilometers of the Oak Ridges Moraine. You will also find that there is still much more we need to know about how the moraine functions.
Most importantly though you will learn that protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine is not a task for one organization, nor will it be accomplished through only one means. It is our individual and collective responsibility to learn more and do more to ensure a sustainable future for the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Lands protected today grow in importance as time passes and open spaces decrease. Water will continue to be cleansed. Trees and shrubs planted today grow and spread and clean more air, shelter more birds and wildlife species, hold fast increasing amounts of nurturing soils. Awareness, appreciation and understanding of the workings of natural ecosystem services will spread from one person to another to another. The future thanks you.