OAK RIDGES MORAINE FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO CHAMPION THE MORAINE
Foundation Will Continue Its Environmental Stewardship for The Oak Ridges Moraine Beyond September 2010
KING CITY, ON, April 26, 2010 – Almost eight years after the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan was implemented, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF) is approaching an important milestone. Despite an announcement in May 2009, the Foundation will keep its doors open beyond the proposed September 2010 closure date thanks to moraine stakeholders who rallied to show their support.
Best known for its granting role, ORMF has a new and recently approved strategic plan that involves the co-ordination of data collection for the 2015 Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Review; exploration and implementation of legacy projects to celebrate the Moraine; and continuation of its moraine-wide coordination and facilitation role.
“This is an exciting time for the Foundation as we move forward with a new and more diverse group of partners and projects,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kim Gavine. “While our ultimate goal is to secure funds to continue our granting program, it’s gratifying to know that we can use our broader skills to bring people and interests together and generate further conservation action on the Moraine.”
In 2002, ORMF was granted $15 million from the Province to support the preservation, protection and restoration of the Oak Ridges Moraine. By leveraging funds from the private, public and corporate sectors, the Foundation turned their initial investment into $50 million worth of on-the-ground projects.
Projects supported by the Foundation (2003 to present) include:
- Acquisition of 5,500 acres of publicly-owned conservation land
- Restoration of 800 acres of vitally important habitat (tree planting, stream rehabilitation, wetland creation, prairie planting)
- Education of more than 6,000 students (K to 12)
- Development of the 160 kilometre Oak Ridges Trail from Caledon to Cobourg
- Erection of two Oak Ridges Moraine Information Centres located in the Ganaraska Forest Centre on the east end of the Moraine and the soon-to-be-built Richmond Hill Community Centre located near Lake Wilcox
The Foundation’s transitional period will be guided by its Board of Directors. Important additions include the recent appointment of Gayle Wood, Chief Administrative Officer for the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Graham Whitelaw, a Queen's National Scholar and Assistant Professor at the Queen’s University School of Environmental Studies.
ABOUT THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE
The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of Ontario’s most prominent ecosystems. It is a geological ridge of land up to 300 metres high that runs parallel and about 60 kilometres north of Lake Ontario. It extends 160 kilometres, from the Trent River in the east to the Niagara Escarpment in the west. More than sixty-five rivers and streams that drain into Lake Simcoe, Lake Scugog, Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario have their headwaters in the Moraine. The Moraine supplies drinking water to more than 250,000 people. For more information about the Oak Ridges Moraine, visit http://moraineforlife.org/index.php
ABOUT THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE FOUNDATION (ORMF)
ORMF has been created to help protect, preserve and restore the environmental integrity of the Moraine. It is a registered corporation and has representatives on its Board of Directors from the environmental community, conservation authorities, municipalities and the provincial government. To date, the Foundation has granted close to $15 million to 177 projects across the Oak Ridges Moraine. For more information about the ORMF, visit http://moraineforlife.org/about/what.php
For more information, please contact:
ORMF, Executive Director
Tel. (905) 833-5733