Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – To celebrate a decade of protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will host a four kilometre interpretive walk on Sunday, June 3, along the Caledon Trailway beginning at Ken Whillans Resource Management Area (KWRMA) at 1:30 p.m.
The walk begins near the most western point of the Oak Ridges Moraine and highlights natural and cultural features found in this area. Spanning more than 160 kilometers from the Trent River (in the east) to the Niagara Escarpment (in the west), the Oak Ridges Moraine is a 12,000-year-old remnant of the last ice age and the source of 65 major streams or rivers.
Dubbed the “rain barrel” of Southern Ontario, the permeable sands and gravels of the Oak Ridges Moraine absorb and collect precipitation, storing it naturally underground, creating a renewable supply of drinking water for the Greater Toronto Area.
In 2002 when the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan was passed, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF) was created with an investment of $15 million from the Province of Ontario. Its purpose is to support implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan by providing funds to many different partners in support of stewardship, education, research, the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail and land acquisition projects. ORMF has enabled many initiatives and leveraged an additional $35.8 million toward implementing 177 projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Unfortunately, ORMF was not successful in securing renewed funds from the province and is now considering alternative operating models or possibly closure.
CVC has worked closely with the ORMF and its partners and continues to encourage land and water stewardship on the moraine through its Caring for the East Credit Countryside program. Local residents are encouraged to attend this interpretive walk to celebrate the success of this community partnership which has helped protect our countryside.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.