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Protect Oro-Medonte forests and wetlands – this spring!

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Apr 15th, 2014
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From Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition

 Scientists suggest that 40% of the watershed be permanently in “high quality natural cover”. But now only about 35% of the watershed is in natural cover (high quality or not) and very little of that is truly protected.

Oro-Medonte’s Official Plan is currently being reviewed. This is our chance to better protect the forests and wetlands that filter the water running into Lake Simcoe.

New policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan will better protect forests and wetlands in the Lake Simcoe watershed, but we need the public to show Council that we want the best protection possible!

Why?

This isn’t just for tree-huggers and swamp-muckers. Protecting forests and wetlands improves our air, water and health, buffers us from the impacts of climate change and guarantees important economic benefits.

Put your priorities on the map!

Come to one of our community mapping meetings and pinpoint:

Are there special places you want protected?

Do you know of areas where endangered or threatened species live?

Find out what is and what should be protected.

As Dr. Seuss said…“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Come to a Community Mapping Meeting in Oro-Medonte:

1. When: Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 7 – 9 pm

   Where: The AWARE Oro-Medonte AGM – Edgar Community Hall

2. When: Saturday, May 24th, 2014, 2 – 4 pm

   Where: St. Thomas’ Anglican Church Hall, 28 Church Street, Shanty Bay, ON

If you want more information or can help distribute the brochure for these events to your friends and neighbours please contact Tim Crooks  tvcrooks@sympatico.ca  (416) 961-8487

New Lake Simcoe Guidebook:

Greenlands Preservation in the Lake Simcoe Watershed: A Citizens’ Guide to Public Policy for the Protection and Enhancement of Lake Simcoe’s Natural Heritage

There’s a brand new guidebook, written by a York University Environmental Studies and Planning Masters student Steven Barber, for the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition.

It covers all of the tools we can use to protect forests and wetlands in the Lake Simcoe watershed. It also explains the policy framework that affects the protection of our watershed. For anyone trying to understand what they can do to protect their piece of heaven, this is an excellent resource!

If you would like the printable PDF please contact Claire at claire.malcolmson@gmail.com

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