Media Release


Celebrate the Marvellous Moraine at Purple Woods on September 28th

Media Advisory
September 12, 2014

Attention: Assignment Editors; Environment Reporters/Media

Four leading environmental organizations are hosting a huge celebration of the Oak Ridges Moraine – one of the most important landscapes in southern Ontario.

Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and EcoSpark are inviting people from across southern Ontario to Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa on Sunday, September 28.

“Our coalition is thrilled to be out in the public promoting the importance of water, nature and community,” says Josh Wise, Greenway Coordinator for Ontario Nature. “This event celebrates an important source of fresh water, but it is also about raising awareness about protecting the moraine.”

The celebration includes a guided hike through the beautiful Purple Woods Conservation Area, a locally-sourced lunch and live music. Performers include the talented band Northern Roads and rising country music star, Lindsay Broughton. There will also be a tribute to renowned environmental activist Bill Lishman (aka Father Goose).

“We are thrilled to celebrate with both longstanding and new moraine supporters,” says Debbie Gordon, Outreach Coordinator for STORM Coalition.

A public review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan will begin in early 2015. This event will remind attendees of the importance of protecting this marvelous landscape.

When: Sunday September 28, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Purple Woods Conservation Area, 38 Coates Road East, Oshawa
Cost: Adults $30, Children $10, 5 years of age and under FREE

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Debbie Gordon, STORM Coalition: 905-853-8340
Josh Garfinkel, Earthroots: 416-562-3894
John Hassell, Ontario Nature: 416-786-2171

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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 150 member groups across Ontario (charitable registration # 10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit

Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) is focused on protecting the ecological integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Since 1989, STORM has been working at the local and regional levels to ensure that municipalities make good planning decisions to protect its ecological and hydrological functions. For more information, visit

Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization that works aggressively to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario through research, education and action. Our dedicated staff and focused campaigns have achieved effective protection of threatened ecosystems for over 20 years on behalf of our approximately 12,000 supporters in the province. We use many techniques to propel issues forward including public education, advocacy, primary and secondary research, media awareness and creative peaceful activism. For more information, visit

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