Toronto - Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is helping landowners on the Oak Ridges Moraine care for nature right at home through a variety of private land programs including the Caring for the Moraine Project. Through these programs, eligible individuals will receive technical advice, resources and funding to implement environmental projects on their land.

The common element in these projects is the creation of space for the many wildlife species that call the Moraine home. Large logs and brush piles placed throughout the tree-planting and wetland sites, can provide cover for birds and small mammals. Very high poles, like those used for hydro wires, attract hawks and other predatory birds. The environment created mimics the natural conditions found in mature forests and wetlands that would otherwise take years to develop by natural processes.

Free site assessments are available for interested landowners on the Moraine. Participants receive an aerial photo of their property, advice on possible project ideas and information resources. Projects are eligible for up to 100 per cent funding to help offset the costs of activities such as tree planting or wetland creation.

“Over 90 per cent of the Oak Ridges Moraine is privately owned,” said Julie Hordowick, Project Ecologist, TRCA. “Individual landowners play an important role in protecting this valuable resource and can help to improve the health of our forests and wetlands.”

Restoration of natural areas on the Moraine is a high priority for TRCA who, since 2006, has been a partner in the Caring for the Moraine Project, a unique collaboration of agencies working with private landowners to conserve the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Oak Ridges Moraine is an important natural resource that supplies the drinking water for over a quarter of a million Ontario residents.

Several local landowners have collectively planted over 16 hectares through TRCA’s programs to date. Additional landowners in the Duffins Creek watershed (Goodwood, Glen Major and Stouffville areas) are being encouraged to implement similar projects on private land and can receive more information by contacting Julie Hordowick at 416-661-6600, ext. 5644, or Funding is available through the Caring for the Moraine Project, supported by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation.

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®—a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at