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Press Release: Northumberland wins 2010 Monitoring the Moraine Hero Award

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Sharon Keogh and Northumberland County are winners of the 2010 Monitoring the Moraine Hero Award for transforming their properties on the Oak Ridges Moraine into a better place for the community.

November 2, 2010, Toronto

Northumberland wins 2010 Monitoring the Moraine Hero Award

Sharon Keogh and Northumberland County are winners of the 2010 Monitoring the Moraine Hero Award for transforming their properties on the Oak Ridges Moraine into a better place for the community.

The announcement was made today by Meredith Cochrane, Executive Director of EcoSpark, the not-for-profit organization in charge of the Monitoring the Moraine program in collaboration with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM).

The winners will receive their awards on Saturday, November 6 at the “Back to the Woods” luncheon celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Monitoring the Moraine program.

Sharon Keogh wins as a landowner champion for her property in Gore’s Landing . Sharon is keeping the legacy of Catharine Parr Traill alive on her 24-hectare property where Catharine once lived. She and her husband transformed the neglected ravine property filled with old tires and snowmobile remnants, into a well managed property on the Moraine. They’ve nurtured native plants, controlled invasive exotic species like the Autumn Olive, and reintroduced native flowering plants such as Marsh Marigolds and Trout Lilies that Catharine had documented for that property.

Northumberland County wins for its municipal leadership in the Northumberland County Forest. For decades, the Northumberland County Forest was neglected with no management, no signage and no regulation. Under the direction of Bill Pyatt, CAO of Northumberland County, and Mia Frankl, Forest Manager, the County assembled a 21-member Forest Advisory Committee including snow mobile groups, conservation groups, hunters, scouts and cadets, ATVers, and local government. Staff worked many long hours to ensure an open, transparent and comprehensive public process.

After three years, Northumberland County brought “peace to the forest” with a 283-hectare nature reserve, the removal of motorized use from the black oak savannah tracks, and 364 hectares dedicated to passive use. Ninety-seven percent of the 2253-hectare Northumberland County Forest is on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Township of Alnwick-Haldimand.

The Monitoring the Moraine program honours “Heroes” for their outstanding contribution to sustaining the Oak Ridges Moraine. Paving stones funded by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation engraved with the Hero’s name will be placed on the Ganaraska Forest Centre walkway. Winners were selected from nominations submitted by communities and individuals across the Oak Ridges Moraine.

 For the full list of recipients of the 2010 Moraine Hero Award, please visit:

 The Monitoring the Moraine program is dedicated to community monitoring and protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Moraine is southern Ontario’s most significant environmental feature helping to ensure clean air and water for 7 million people.

EcoSpark works with communities and schools, providing them with the knowledge and tools to monitor their environment and take action for positive environmental change. They run a number of environmental programs in the Greater Toronto Area and in communities across the Oak Ridges Moraine.


Event Details: Ganaraska Forest Centre, 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft.

Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch included.

Tickets $25 ($30 at the door)

Purchase tickets by calling 647-258-3280 x 2008, or online at

Directions: Exit 401 and travel north on Hwy 115. Turn east onto Durham Road 9 and travel for 10 km. Watch for Ganaraska Forest Centre sign and turn north on Cold Springs Camp Road, and travel for 4km to the Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Joyce Chau
Program Manager, Monitoring the Moraine, at EcoSpark
647-258-3280 x 2002 or


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