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There are many ways you can help our Land Trust take action, protect nature, and make a difference! Click below on each button for more information.

How can I take action on
Climate Change?

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

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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?

Here are a few ideas. We’d love to hear your questions—or your success stories! You can share by email, or join the conversation on Facebook.

Check out our News Page to see what we're currently doing

Join our Workshops to learn more about specific topics

Enjoy our Webinars on demand to learn more about the moraine.

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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. 

Get in touch today to find out how you can lend a helping hand!
Volunteer Application Form

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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
• Periwinkle
• Buckthorn
• Phragmites
• Giant Hogweed
You can find out more here: Ontario’s Invading Species.

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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!

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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

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Tree Planting

Planting tress provides habitat, stabilizes soil and reduces carbon. Our friends at Forest Ontario have a program to help you determine the best trees for your property.

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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!

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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!

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