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The importance of community voices in natural heritage systems planning

Credit: Deb Fraser; c/o EcoSpark

Currently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is seeking feedback on how it will develop a natural heritage system for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). If we want clean air, clean water and a rich diversity of plant and animal life to sustain present and future generations, we need a strong natural heritage system that is created through thoughtful and meaningful community engagement.

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Mixed results from the Coordinated Review: more needed to protect the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Credit: Jason Kalmbach

Credit: Jason Kalmbach

On May 18th Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bill Mauro, released the newly updated Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan).

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Protecting and cultivating a great Ontario treasure

The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

c/o Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s Brenna Owen sits down to chat with author Burkhard Mausberg, on the launch of his new book The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure.

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At long last, an end to the snapping turtle hunt

Snapping turtle; Credit: Jory Mullen

Credit: Jory Mullen

It has been a long time coming. Alongside our members, supporters, member groups and partners, Ontario Nature spent years trying to convince the Government of Ontario to end the hunting of snapping turtles, a species at risk. And finally, on Friday March 31, the government announced its decision to terminate the hunt. This was the only correct decision in light of irrefutable scientific evidence that snapping turtles cannot be sustainably hunted. Taking just one or two adults from a population on a yearly basis will lead to decline.

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A shot in the dark

Wolves-Pierre Cardon

Credit: Pierre Cardon

I received a call yesterday from an elderly gentleman living near Sault Ste. Marie. A life-long resident of northern Ontario and former hunter and prospector, he called to express his disapproval of Ontario’s proposal to address the decline of moose populations by killing more wolves and coyotes.

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