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Annual General Meeting Announcement

We are pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meeting to celebrate the success which your generosity and support have made possible.


A Celebration of 2016

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 1 p.m.

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5450 Lake Ridge Rd, Ashburn, ON L0B 1A0

Click here for Google map to Hy Hope Farm



Registration begins at12:30p.m.

Meeting 1-3 pm

One hour hike to follow



After the official AGM business, Deputy Environmental Commissioner Ellen Schwartzel will be talking about their “Facing Climate Change” report and how Climate Change impacts us in Ontario.  Click here to read Facing Climate Change report.


Following the meeting, guests are invited to participate in a nature hike on the neighbouring Ruth Nature Reserve which is home to a beautiful, mature deciduous forest with towering beeches, hemlock and undulating topography typical of the Moraine led by Kristie Virgoe, Program Manager.  The Ruth property can be accessed through the Hy Hope Farms orchard. The hike will be a ‘wilderness hike’ with steep hills and no formal trail, best suited for hikers comfortable with varying terrain.


We welcome you to join us for the Annual General Meeting.


On behalf of the Board,


Christopher Norris, Chair

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Please RSVP by April 27th by calling 905 853-3171 ext. 30 or by emailing


If possible, guests are encouraged to carpool to be mindful of our carbon footprint. Refreshments will be provided including the famous Hy Hope Farms butter tarts!




Thank you for joining us on Monday, January 30th, 2017 for the screening of the documentary, “Before the Flood”. We hope that you learned as much as we did about Facing Climate Change.  Remember it’s not too late. We can make a difference by reducing our carbon footprint, speaking up to government and others in your community and getting ready to adapt.


Newmarket-Aurora Provincial Liberal Association & The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust were proud to host a special screening of the documentary, "Before the Flood" by Academy Award Winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.Thank you to National Geographic in Washington, D.C. for allowing our association to screen this important documentary regarding climate change.


Click here to calculate your carbon footprint

Click here for the full Facing Climate Change report



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Will you do something? You’ll Love it, I promise.

Our newest caretaker, Loraine from the Moraine has changed with the season from a waterdrop to become a snowflake. By considering a special holiday gift today, you can help make the Moraine a healthy and vibrant green space for your family, your neighbours and everyone in our community. Your support protects properties forever and restores the health of this precious ecosystem.

Your gift today will go to work right away, protecting and preserving our Moraine, and the Greenbelt for years to come.

Yours for the Moraine,

Susan Walmer,

Head Caretaker


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To read Loraine's Winter Letter, click here


Click here to review What You Made Possible 2016 & Our 2017 Dreams



Blitzing the Moraine 2016


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With the funding support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Pratt & Whitney Canada, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust is conducting two Bio Blitzes this year!  The first one, on May 13th & 14th will be held at the East Cross Forest Conservation Area in Durham Region.  The second event is on May 27th and 28th at the McLeod Wood Nature Reserve in Aurora.

Bio Blitzes have risen in popularity in the last few years as a way of engaging the local communities in inventorying natural areas.  While there are a number of different types of Bio Blitz activities, these two will span a full 24 hours, where experts and volunteers will create a master list of all the living things that are noticed on the property.  Don’t panic!  You will NOT be asked to volunteer for the full 24 hours.  We’re asking folks for 2 – 4 hours as a shift but, of course you can do as many shifts as you like!

In addition to the main event, a series of 4 community workshops will be planned throughout the next few months. These workshops will help prepare interested volunteers and give them an idea of the types of plants and animals they can expect to see during the Bio Blitz. 


Click HERE for more details on the Bio Blitzes and the Workshops!



Moraine Photo Club


SAY CHEESE! Join our Photo Club!

Welcome to the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust online Photo Club where nature lovers celebrate and share the beautyof the Moraine.


Please contribute YOUR PHOTOS and join the lively discussion in our Photo Club by registering here.





Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust: Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve 18462 Bathurst Street Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4V9 Tel:(905)853-3171