The Greenbelt Book Launch Tour Celebrates the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt at Ajax Stop


MAY 18, 2017

The Greenbelt Book Launch Tour Celebrates the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt at Ajax Stop
Mayor Steve Parish joins Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at Carruthers Marsh Pavillion to support the Greenbelt book

AJAX – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at Carruthers Marsh Pavillion to celebrate the launch of a new book – The Greenbelt from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. 

The Greenbelt is a compelling coffee table book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.

Ajax Mayor Steve Parish spoke to the crowd about his vision for the Greenbelt and the region as a passionate Greenbelt supporter. Mayor Parish was interviewed in the book and shared his commitment to environmentalism as a core value of the community in Ajax.

“The Greenbelt is vital to the health of the Greater Golden Horseshoe as we grow; protecting natural heritage features, local farmland, air and water quality,” said Mayor Parish. “I commend Burkhard for authoring this book, and am pleased to be a part of its launch in Ajax." 

The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including Ontario wine pioneer Don Ziraldo, singer Sarah Harmer, and Paralympian Sandy Mitchell.

“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”

In Ajax, the Greenbelt Book is particularly relevant as the effort to grow the Greenbelt to include the  Carruthers Creek headwaters continues. As a downstream municipality, Ajax is at risk of flooding, erosion and loss of water quality if water resources upstream are paved over for development. Mayor Parish and Ajax Council have advocated tirelessly for the province to protect this sensitive area before it is too late.

Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read. 


About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. 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. Learn more at:


Erica Woods
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306
Mobile: (647)834-5657

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