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Statement: Conservation Authority adds 360 hectares to its conservation lands holdings

NEWMARKET – Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Today, the provincial government transferred what’s known as the Maple Lake Estates lands in the Town of Georgina, previously slated for development, to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

This unprecedented decision in the Lake Simcoe watershed also represents the single largest land donation and secures the opportunity to preserve 360 hectares of important natural heritage and environmental features.

Over the next several years, the Authority will assess the feasibility of restoration and enhancement projects on the property to improve and ensure the future health of the watershed and Lake Simcoe.

This momentous endowment, and significant addition to the Greenbelt, comes with a great deal of responsibility and the Authority intends to establish a long-term plan for the future of this property. 

The Authority would like to thank the province of Ontario for making this happen, and for the opportunity to protect the sensitive environmental features on this site in perpetuity. Not only is this an exceptional gift to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority, but also to residents of the watershed and beyond.

Photo (from left to right): Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board Chair, Wayne Emmerson, Minister Steve Clark, Minister Caroline Mulroney, Georgina Mayor Margaret Quirk, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Chief Administrative Officer, Rob Baldwin and Georgina Councillor Dave Neeson.

​​​​​​​​​It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.

Media Contact:

Sinem Connor
Senior Communications Advisor
Lake Simcoe Region Conse​rvation Authority
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Mobile: 289-763-4507​​

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