May 29, 2007
Media Release

Conservation easement protects 110 hectares on Oak Ridges Moraine from development

Glassco family property in Township of King to maintain rural forested character
NEWMARKET Members of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORMLT), The Regional Municipality of York and Peel Region joined members of the Glassco family of King Township at Seldom Seen Farm today to celebrate the placement of a conservation easement on 110 hectares (269 acres) of environmentally-sensitive land on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
"Seldom Seen must truly be seen to be believed!  The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust is extremely proud to be part of protecting such a legacy," said Andre Flys, President of the ORMLT.  "The Glassco family's generosity in donating this conservation easement is a big step towards protecting our water resources in perpetuity."
The Glassco property is located on the King Township/Town of Caledon border and consists of mature and second-growth forests.  It houses the headwaters of the West Holland River, which drains into Lake Simcoe.  The property also has a seven-hectare (16-acre) kettle lake called Hall Lake, and is home to rare plants, grasses, fish, snakes and reptiles.
A conservation easement was put on the property through the efforts of the ORMLT with financial assistance from York Region and the families of the late Elizabeth and Walter Gordon and Jane, Dan, Briony and Rufus Glassco.  The placement of a conservation easement on the property ensures that no development can take place there, in perpetuity.
"The placement of this conservation easement is good news for York Region, King Township and the Oak Ridges Moraine," said Township of King Mayor Margaret Black.  "Our actions today help pave the way for environmental protection for one of our region's greatest environmental assets, and further preserve the rural life that we have come to appreciate in King Township."
The ORMLT is a non-profit, non-government, community based organization, dedicated to identifying, protecting, conserving and restoring the integrity of the natural environment and heritage sites of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  Since its founding in 2000, the ORMLT has successfully protected more than 1,150 hectares (2,858 acres) of property through conservation easements.
York Region has partnered with the ORMLT and other environmentally-minded organizations through our Greening Strategy to help protect the natural heritage of our region. Through property securement and a number of partnerships with environmental stakeholder groups, the Region has succeeded in protecting 530 hectares (1,300 acres) through property donations and conservation easements since 1998.
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419

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