90% of the moraine is in private ownership. The moraine is not an Algonquin Park that we can set aside now, it never had that kind of a protected future ahead of it. We have to deal with reality; protecting the ecological functions of the Oak Ridges Moraine is about citizens - all of us – taking an active role.

If outright protection through public ownership is too expensive, then restoration and conservation is the best viable option. We can't completely fix what has already been destroyed, but we can take steps to make sure it doesn't get worse.

Landowners are the key. Trees can be planted, stream banks can be stabilized, wetlands can be restored. Land uses can be modified to be gentler and provide more diversity. We don't need to use up or destroy all of our natural resources.

Land ownership itself may be private but overall a healthier environment, a sustainable clean cold water supply, diverse wildlife and habitats, and unimpaired ecological functions are clearly a very public benefit.

A Bridge in a Cedar Forest in The Oak Ridges Moraine

Learn more about several organizations who conduct work across the moraine, in cooperation with both public and private landowners – some of them are landowners too! Collectively the work of many organizations and dedication of private landowners contributes to a healthier Oak Ridges Moraine and a healthier world.

About Stewardship

About Stewardship – learn what stewardship is and what's being done across Canada.

Stewardship Councils

Local councils are comprised of landowners, game and fish associations, cottagers, woodlot managers and many more individuals and groups who, like you, are interested in improving land stewardship on privately owned lands. A well rounded perspective, group decision making, shared volunteers and a joint love of healthy environments and addressing local stewardship issues make Stewardship Councils a great place for you to seek help, advice and like-minded individuals. Find out more about a council in your area here.

There are 7 Stewardship Councils who work across the Oak Ridges Moraine; Halton and Peel, Dufferin and South Simcoe, York, Durham, Victoria, Peterborough, and Northumberland. Follow this link to find the contact for the council in your area:

Handy Resources for Landowners

The Stewardship Councils with assistance of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, have assembled a useful publication for Landowners available for download here. Together with service directories for the eastern and western sections of the moraine, landowners will be able to find businesses and organizations in support of stewardship activity.

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust: Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve 18462 Bathurst Street Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4V9 Tel:(905)853-3171