October 27, 2003

York Region and Nature Conservancy of Canada to hold officialdedication of  MacMillan Nature Reserve in Vaughan

NEWMARKET – On October 28, 2003, the Regional Municipality of York and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will hold an official dedication of the MacMillan Nature Reserve in the City of Vaughan.
 The 120 acre (48.6 hectare) property, situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, is being generously donated to NCC by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lyn MacMillan. 
 It will be protected jointly by the NCC and the Regional Municipality of York through an innovative land securement/protection partnership.
WHEN:           Tuesday, October 28, 2003
                        10:45 a.m.
WHERE:        MacMillan Nature Reserve
                        9605 Dufferin Street, Vaughan
PRESENT:     Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lyn MacMillan
                        John Lounds, President, Nature Conservancy of Canada
                        John Riley, Director of Conservation Science, Nature Conservancy of Canada
                        Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York
                        Michael Di Biase, Mayor, The City of Vaughan
                        Dick O’Brien, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
There will be a reception at 10:30 a.m., followed by greetings, speeches and an interpretive walk through the property at 11:30 a.m.
Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-474-9675, ext. 1232
- e-mail: michael.kemp@region.york.on.ca
Jane Lawton, Director, Corporate Marketing and Communications
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
-         (416) 932-0050, ext. 278
-         e-mail jane.lawton@natureconservancy.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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