September 21, 2006
Media Release

York Region authorizes $1 million towards purchase of property in Township of King

 
Property to be rehabilitated and become part of York Regional Forest
 
NEWMARKET York Regional Council today authorized the contribution of $1 million towards the acquisition of the Slokker property in the King Township community of Nobleton. 
 
York Region increased its initial contribution of $750,000 towards the acquisition in 2004, with a further $250,000.  The contribution is contingent upon the Region managing a 38-hectare (95 acres) plateau (tableland) of the overall 69-hectare (170 acres) property as part of the York Regional Forest.
 
"Acquiring the Slokker property through our Greening Securement Strategy is a great opportunity for York Region to rehabilitate and protect environmentally-significant land on the Oak Ridges Moraine," said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "I am very pleased that together with our partners, we have combined our resources to secure this property and enhance York Region's Greening legacy."
 
The Slokker property purchase was arranged by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORMLT) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in 2003, contingent upon their ability to raise $2.85 million for the sale, stewardship of the property and associated costs of the transaction.
 
York Region originally authorized $750,000 for the purchase of the property, but increased its commitment to $1 million when some anticipated funding did not come through.  The funding partnership includes: the Regional Municipality of York ($1 million), the City of Toronto ($1 million), Slokker Canada ($760,000 in price reduction on property), the Foundation of Greater Toronto ($37,000), the Township of King ($25,000), the ORMLT ($25,000) and private donations ($3,000).
 
"The acquisition of such an important property on the Oak Ridges Moraine has been identified as a very high priority for York Region," said Town of Markham Regional Councillor Bill O'Donnell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "With the success of this purchase, this key aspect of our natural heritage will be protected for benefit of our generation and generations to come."
 
The TRCA will assume ownership of the property, ensuring its protection from development.  York Region will aid in the rehabilitation of the property to help restore it to its natural state.
 
"The securement of this 69-hectare property really demonstrates York Region's determined commitment to environmental preservation," said King Township Mayor Margaret Black.  "Restoring the site to its original state will help to maintain an enduring natural legacy for both Nobleton and King Township." 
 
To date, York Region and our partner organizations have secured 235 hectares (580 acres) of environmentally-significant land for rehabilitation and protection from development as part of a goal to increase Regional forest coverage to 25 per cent.
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or After-hours Pager 905-830-3302
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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