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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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MPP Julia Munro celebrates 15 years of Oak Ridges Moraine protection

Celebrating 15 years of protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine at Queen's Park.

Celebrating 15 years of protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine at Queen’s Park.

On Monday we were honoured to have Julia Munro, MPP from York-Simcoe stand in the provincial legislature to commemorate the 15 anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

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Top 4 reasons why vernal pools merit our attention on World Wetlands Day

Vernal Pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

Vernal pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

In honour of World Wetlands Day on February 2, let’s pay tribute to vernal pools. Due to their small size and transient nature, vernal pools are a type of wetland that is easily overlooked. While brimming with water in spring, they may be nothing more than a dry, isolated, depression on the forest floor by summer.

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