For Immediate Release
November 1, 2001

Nick Tunnacliffe
Commissioner of Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4349

Region of Peel Supports Proposed Legislation
On Oak Ridges Moraine

(Brampton) - The Region of Peel supports the Ontario government's proposed legislation to protect more than 90 per cent of the Oak Ridges Moraine, as announced earlier today.

"We are pleased that the province has made such a substantial commitment to the preservation of the Oak Ridges Moraine," says Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "The proposed plan reflects a vision that will protect the Moraine's natural assets now and in the years to come. This is a comprehensive plan that is good news for future generations. We have been involved personally in the protection of the Moraine since the late 1960s."

Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning, Region of Peel, agrees, "Today's announcement by the province demonstrates a total commitment to preserving the Moraine that includes provisions for protecting water quality and quantity, as well as for securing additional lands in the future."

Peel Region, through its partners - the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the province of Ontario - has been acquiring land on the Moraine since the 1950s. Building on these four decades of support to preserve its portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Region of Peel pledges its continued support in protecting this important environmentally sensitive area. Peel Region, particularly the Town of Caledon, has a long-standing history of championing the preservation of the Moraine.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally significant area that runs from the Niagara Escarpment in the Region of Peel, through York, Durham and beyond. It is the source of many headwater tributaries that feed the streams and rivers that flow into Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe.

The Moraine is important as it recharges groundwater aquifers that supply drinking water to thousands of Caledon and other residents. It is also a significant natural habitat for a diversity of native plant and animal species, and a scenic setting for many recreational activities, such as trails for skiing, hiking and horseback riding, and conservation areas.

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