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Northumberland County lauded for natural habitat protection

Northumberland News: The Independent

By Jeanne Beneteau

June 16, 2011

NORTHUMBERLAND -- The County of Northumberland has been recognized for its exceptional contributions to natural habitat protection in Ontario.

Ontario Nature, a provincial conservation organization, held its 80th anniversary and annual general meeting at the Ganaraska Forest Centre on June 11. At the organization's gala banquet awards ceremony, Northumberland County was honoured with the 2010 Lee Symmes Municipal Award, given for exhibiting community leadership and exceptional achievement in planning or implementing programs that protect and regenerate the natural environment within a community.

According to Ontario Nature, Northumberland County initiated a comprehensive, public, forest management plan process to help conserve a 5,400-acre forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine. By bringing together a 21-member stakeholder advisory committee, the County brought peace to the forest under the spirit and intent of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and Plan. Throughout the process, the County and its council maintained the stance of putting sound ecological management first and foremost in all decision-making, raising the standard in traditional county forest management.

Ontario Nature is a charitable organization that works to protect wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. The organization represents more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario.

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