To help get an action plan in place to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Ontario government appointed a 13-member advisory panel to chart a protection course. Included on the panel to plan for the 160-kilometre-long (100-mile-long) moraine, which forms the headwaters of 65 rivers and streams in south-central Ontario, are recently retired Federation of Ontario Naturalists executive director Ric Symmes, Debbe Crandall of the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, and John Riley of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, as well as representatives of municipalities, conservation authorities, developers, the aggregate industry, and farmers.
Crafting the language for a comprehensive land-use plan by the time the six-month development freeze expires on November 17 is an ambitious task. But firm ground rules for the plan and a road map to get to the finish line can happen by then. Watch for updates on the FON’s website at www.ontarionature.org, STORM’s site at www.stormco.org, and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing’s site at www.mah.gov.on.ca