FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2014
CELEBRATING THE PROTECTION OF THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE
Award Recognizes Those Who Have Gone the Distance to Protect Vital Landscape
Today, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced the 2014 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. Recognizing those who have worked hard to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, part of Ontario’s Greenbelt, this year’s award was shared among five individuals representing a number of organizations: Glenn De Baeremaeker, Save the Rouge Valley System; Debbe Crandall, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition; Amber Ellis, Earthroots; Steve Gilchrist, former Cabinet Minister; and Caroline Schultz, Ontario Nature.
“The Oak Ridges Moraine is an integral part of Ontario’s Greenbelt,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “By honouring those who have worked so hard to protect it, we’re ensuring the protection of Ontario’s most precious water resources for generations to come.”
Stretching more than 160 kilometres across the most populated area of Ontario, the Oak Ridges Moraine is the source of 64 major streams or rivers, providing clean, safe drinking water to over a quarter of a million people. A contentious issue in its early days, the Oak Ridges Conservation Act, 2001 was recognized and supported by all political parties when passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
According to the most recent Greenbelt poll conducted by Environics Research Group, nearly all respondents (99%) said protecting the natural water system is an important benefit of the Greenbelt. As a significant ecological feature in Ontario, the natural hydrological system of the Oak Ridges Moraine is vital to the health and well-being of Ontarians.
Each of the individuals receiving the Friend of the Greenbelt Award has contributed in some way to helping keep the Moraine safe from development and to ensuring that it remains an integral part of Ontario's Greenbelt.
Since 2006, recipients of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award have included Sarah Harmer, The Hon. Bill Davis, Plan B Organic Farm, Grape Growers of Ontario, and the LCBO among other great supporters. Recipients have all contributed to the success, protection, and growth of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Join us! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306