Red Flags on the Moraine

Red Flags on the Oak Ridges Moraine

In 2002 when the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan was passed many declared the Oak Ridges Moraine ‘saved’. Ten years later we are happy to report many successes but also saddened to report that many issues still threaten the Moraine – the headwaters of the Greater Toronto Area.  The Foundation’s Measuring Success on the Oak Ridges Moraine project reveals that the Moraine that is holding its own in terms of its environmental health, particularly with respect to its base of natural vegetation and cover. However, five major areas of concern or ‘red flags’ have been identified where deficiencies in current implementation efforts pose serious threats to the effectiveness of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and more importantly to the health of the Oak Ridges Moraine ecosystem.

 

                  Red flag.PNGPolicy development and monitoring

                  Red flag.PNGStream health

                  Red flag.PNGForest interior

                  Red flag.PNGPrairie savannah and old field habitat

                  Red flag.PNGLand securement

For more information please view: Red Flags on the Oak Ridges Moraine

 

 

REQUEST TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONERS OFFICE

The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation has requested a review of the existing policies legislation, regulation and/or technical guidance relating to the protection and management of the Oak Ridges Moraine pursuant to section 61 of the Environmental Bill of Rights.  The Foundation contends that a number of instruments relating to the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine warrant review for consideration of a revisions to existing policies, amendments to existing legislation, regulations and/or supporting technical guidelines to provide for the more effective implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.  

To view the details of this request please view: Request for a Review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

 

STAKEHOLDERS SPEAK OUT

The release of the Measuring Success on the Oak Ridges Moraine project reports raised concerns in the Moraine community. In 2002 it was, in large part, the voice of grassroot groups that pushed the Province to establish protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine. A decade later, these same groups – Ontario Nature, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) and Earthroots -  have joined together to launch the “Moraine Can’t Wait” campaign. They believe that political inaction and legislative gaps are putting the Moraine at risk and we cannot wait for the 2015 review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan to make this issue heard.

For more information visit: www.morainecantwait.ca

 

 

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