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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ontario Nature Celebrates 80 Years of Conservation

Attention: Photo/Assignment Editors, Environment Reporters, General Interest

Event: Ontario Nature’s 80th anniversary and Annual General Meeting

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011 and Sunday, June 12, 2011

Location: The Ganaraska Forest Centre, 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft, Ontario (north of Port Hope); 905 797-2721.

Speakers:Dr. Brendon Larson, President, Ontario Nature
Caroline Schultz, Executive Director, Ontario Nature
Lou Rinaldi, MPP Northumberland-Quinte West and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Debbe Crandall, Executive Director, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine
Kim Gavine, Executive Director, The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation

Time: 9:00am – 9:50am: Speakers will focus on the collective efforts to ensure protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Gala Banquet: At 6:30pm, Ontario Nature’s Gala Banquet begins. Teens belonging to the Nature Guardians will host, and individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations will receive Conservation Awards in honour of their achievements in protecting nature.

Background: Capping off eight decades of environmental victories, Ontario Nature is celebrating its 80th anniversary as the province’s leading conservation organization. On this occasion, Ontario Nature is highlighting efforts to ensure the Oak Ridges Moraine is well protected into the future, working in collaboration with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation.

For more information and to arrange interview and photo opportunities, contact:

John Hassell, Communications Coordinator: 416 444-8419 ext.269; 416 786-2171 (cell) johnh@ontarionature.org.

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario (charitable registration # 10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit www.ontarionature.org.

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