Oak Ridges Moraine vista

Jason Kalmbach

Marvellous Moraine

The Oak Ridges Moraine, a 160-kilometre-long landform that stretches from Caledon and the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River in the east, is one of Ontario’s most precious ecological features. The moraine provides a multitude of benefits at no cost, including drinking water for more than 250,000 people, flood control, climate regulation and recreation. It is the starting point for more than 65 rivers and streams, and habitat for the highest diversity of wildlife in the GTA.

2015 Review

The provincial government is going to review the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (along with the Greenbelt Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan) in 2015. The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015 will ensure the long-term protection of the moraine, Niagara Escarpment, and Protected Countryside Areas of the Greenbelt.

Marvellous Moraine logo

The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015 consists of four organizations deeply rooted in moraine activism – Earthroots, EcoSpark Ontario Nature and STORM Coalition. Our organizations have been preparing for the plan review for many years by monitoring issues – old and new – that threaten the hydrological and ecological integrity of the moraine, and encouraging civic engagement in moraine protection.

In the lead up to the 2015 Review our organizations are working together to:

  • build strong public support for the moraine
  • strengthen environmental policy
  • ensure a fair and open review process

Celebrate the Marvellous Moraine

Check-out this fun website that celebrates the Marvellous Moraine, and share it with your friends and family. Sign-up for campaign updates to be the first to learn about events, contests and review announcements.

Together we can make sure that this important piece of legislation remains true to its intent – the ongoing protection, enhancement and restoration of the Marvellous Moraine.

For more information, contact Josh Wise, greenway program manager, at 416 444-8419 ext. 273 or joshuaw@ontarionature.org.

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Fact Sheet

* Supports the largest and most diverse breeding populations of birds in Southern Ontario.

* Is home to 32 kettle lakes – a very significant habitat.

* Hosts the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail – a 273-kilometre recreational trail that traverses the entire length of the Moraine.

* Provides habitat for 40 percent of Ontario’s species at risk including bobolinks, red-shouldered hawks, monarch butterflies and peregrine falcons.

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