Accomplishments Of Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation
Created to preserve, protect and restore the ecological and hydrological health of the ORM, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation has achieved the following:
- Allocated $14.1 million to 177 projects across the ORM in the areas of land securement, land stewardship, research, education and support for the Oak Ridges Trail.
- Leveraged an additional $35.8 million from the private, public and in-kind sectors resulting in $50 million worth of projects on the ORM.
Measuring Success On The Oak Ridges Moraine
Measuring Success on the Oak Ridges Moraine is an eight-volume study commissioned by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation that documents the effectiveness of the ORMCP – successes, shortcomings, what’s working, what isn’t – and provides the government and other stakeholders with recommended actions and the data needed to plot a course that ensures its successful implementation and realization.
The results of the Measuring Success Project show us that the ORM’s health is still in jeopardy and that there are weaknesses in the current policies and regulations that seriously hamper the ability of the Province and its partners to protect the unique and sensitive ecological and hydrological features and of the ORM.
- There are few streams on the ORM that are functioning as fully natural or healthy systems.
- Only 1/3 of all streams corridors meet the ecological target of 75% natural vegetation coverage.
- Many still have high levels of E.coli and phosphorus.
- Rare prairie grassland and Savannah habitats, present in small quantities on the ORM, are under constant threat, as is habitat for interior forest habitat species and species-at-risk
- There are still no formally agreed upon performance indicators to use in evaluating the effectiveness of the ORMCP.
- There are policy gaps identified by stakeholders that continue to threaten the ecological and hydrological integrity of the ORM.