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Oak Ridges Moraine

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most distinct physiographic landform features of southern Ontario. It stretches as a ridge of hilly terrain for 160 kilometres from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the headwaters of the Trent River in the east. The moraine was created as glaciers receded and deposited layers of sand and gravel that are separated by clay and till soils. Rain that is collected and stored in the moraine's vast underground layers of sand and gravel, which are known as aquifers, eventually resurface as healthy, clean water that feeds the majority of river systems in the Greater Toronto Area.

Map of the Oak Ridges Moraine

 

Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition

The Conservation Authorites Moraine Coalition (CAMC) is a partnership organization, collaborating with numerous groups and individuals to achieve our common objectives for healthy headwaters, education and sustainable living on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Visit the CAMC web page for more about the activities of this group and report cards on the health of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

 

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Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area

Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area is a popular recreation destination on the Oak Ridges Moraine for many residents of the Greater Toronto Area. TRCA is preparing a trail plan for the property. The Trail Plan Advisory Committee has worked with TRCA to develop a preferred trail plan for the property.

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Bolton Resource Management Tract

The Bolton Resource Management Tract is one of several TRCA properties on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Town of Caledon, Region of Peel. It is a tract of over 800 hectares of greenspace and includes TRCA owned and managed properties along the Humber River valley, south of Old Church Road, north of King Street and west of Highway 50. The Bolton Resource Management Tract includes Edelweiss Park, Dick's Dam Park and Bolton Mill Park. Forest management and restoration has been the focus for much of the land management in the resource management tract. Some portions provide the opportunity for passive, year-round public use. The primary public use of the Bolton tract is the Humber Valley Heritage Trail, a pedestrian-only trail. In addition, some agricultural land is leased.

Bolton Resource Management Tract Management Plan Newsletter

TRCA and the Bolton Resource Management Tract Management Plan Advisory Committee held a public information session on June 8, 2010 to receive public input on the management zones that have been drafted for the property. For more information, please read the summary of the meeting and view the maps that were presented. If you would like to provide additional comments, please complete one of our questionnaires.

Bolton Resource Management Tract Management Plan Newsletter:

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Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation  Reserve - East Lands

Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve – East Lands is a property owned by TRCA and Infrastructure Ontario, and is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Town of Richmond Hill. The property is over 175 hectares in size, and is dominated by forests and wetlands, and consists of many unique and sensitive natural areas.

In 2011, completed the Oak Ridges Corridor Park East Management Plan.  This document lays out a series of management recommendations and actions that seek to protect the natural heritage system of Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve – East Lands, while also providing for enjoyable nature-based recreation opportunities for visitors.

Oak Ridges Moraine Newsletter