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With climate change comes many challenges. The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust is building resilience on the Ontario landscape, allowing for species adaptation and migration. We are taking action by partnering with local groups to host discussions and are encouraging others to do the same.
Our country may have abundant fresh water, but restrictions and drought are early signs that we should minimise our water waste—and set a good example for the rest of the world in the process.
Eat less meat, particularly red meat.
Buy locally produced food and at local markets and shops.
Grow your own food: start a garden!
Compost leftover food, yard trimming and organic matter.
Use reusable plates, cutlery, napkins, containers, etc.
Eat local at community-oriented restaurants, avoid fast food chains.
Buy food in bulk and bring reusable bags and containers to the store.
Drink tap water – fill a glass or a reusable container with tap water to cut back on plastics.
This map shows that the Oak Ridges Moraine will continue to be a highway for species migration over the next 50 years.
As climate change alters habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will animals move to survive? And will human development prevent them from getting there?
This map shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape.
Map credit The Nature Conservancy
Do You Want To Protect Your Own Property?
You may have heard similar sentiments from a parent or grand-parent, a friend or a neighbour. It’s usually with a touch of regret or sadness that the sense of place, the peacefulness, won’t continue. You can ensure that lands you love will be left intact and protected forever through the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.
If you have land you cherish on the Moraine, you can ensure it remains protected forever through the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. Your land becomes a nature reserve, meaning it is only accessible to the public if you wish, and will be protected from development, division and uses you don’t agree with. We work with each landowner one-on-one, and together with your own legal and financial professionals, we can help you find the solution that is right for you and your family. Just like every property, every gift is unique! We would be pleased to talk to you about Conservation Easements, Eco Gifts and other ways to achieve tax benefits while protecting your land forever.
No matter where you live on our Moraine, you can take action to protect habitat too!
What Else Can You Do?
Volunteer With Us!
You are always welcome to join us on monitoring visits, helping remove invasive species, working on trails and more. We promise you’ll connect with great people, get your hands a little (or a lot) dirty and feel good taking action to help our environment.
Control Invasive Species
Working together, we can fight invasive plants and weeds that spread across our Moraine. You might find some of these invasive species on your property:
• Dog Strangling Vine
• Garlic Mustard
• Emerald Ash Borer
• Giant Hogweed
You can find out more here: Ontario’s Invading Species.
Your Conservation Authority
A number of Conservation Authorities have a variety of stewardship incentive programs that can help you implement projects that benefit our environment. Find out more from Conservation Ontario!
Plant Your Own Butterfly Garden!
Adding native plants to your garden will attract butterflies and other pollinators, and bring bursts of beautiful colour to your garden.
Here are a few of our favourites:
• Wild Bergamot (bee balm)
• Black-Eyed Susan
• Blue Vervain
• Liatris/Blazing Star
• Common Milkweed
• Butterfly Milkweed
Build and Monitor Bird Boxes!
You can build simple bird boxes to provide habitat for migrating birds. A simple Google search can give you ideas for different blueprints (e.g. here) to build and install a nesting structure on your property. A growing number of people are providing bird boxes for the threatened Barn Swallow in our area!
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
Do you own a forested property that is more than 10 acres? You might qualify for a program that can give you important tax benefits. Find out more about this provincial government program today!
Join the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust’s Community by Becoming a Member!
When you join as a member of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, you become a part of a group of caring people who actively support the protection of green space, clean and plentiful water and a healthy future on and near the Oak Ridges Moraine. Not just for today, but for generations to come.
All members are added to the Land Trust’s contact lists to receive newsletters, an invitation to the Annual General Meeting, and associated reports, as well as updates about other Land Trust events and activities.
Each registered member is entitled to one vote at the Land Trust’s Annual General Meeting and may stand for election to serve on the Trust’s Board of Directors. We welcome people from diverse communities to become members. ORMLT is committed to being an inclusive organization. We recognize that diversity and inclusion among our Members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors is integral to fulfilling the Trust’s Mission.
Individual rate – $40
Family rate – $75
(Family rate is for up to four family members living at the same address and over the age of 18)
We’ve added the Membership links below to help you make a safe and secure membership gift.
If you prefer, you can make your gift by sending a cheque and your membership form (below) to:
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
at our new address: 5595 17th Sideroad, Schomberg ON L0G 1T0.