On February 12, 2007 the Town of Richmond Hill was honoured by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation with the Moraine for Life Award under the category of Municipal Leadership. Richmond Hill Parks Department partnered with Evergreen Foundation to acquire funds for the five-year York Region Stewardship Program. Since 2003, over 3,000 native trees and shrubs and over 6,000 wildflowers were planted in the Briar Nine Park and Reserve located on Bloomington Road west of Yonge Street. Other moraine-focused projects include the Lake Wilcox Habitat Enhancement Project, habitat enhancement at the North Shore Parkette, the Healthy Yards Program and the Pesticide Reduction strategy. The Town plans to continue its work on the Moraine with programs such as the Hypolimnetic Withdrawal project in Lake Wilcox to restore the quality of water in Lake Wilcox.

“Recognizing the Town’s work to restore the natural environment on the moraine by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation is a tremendous honour” said Vito Spatafora, Regional and Local Councillor for Richmond Hill. “The Parks Department strives to ensure an environment first approach with our parks and open spaces on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The award acknowledges the value of the Town’s efforts.”

Other award recipients were Dorothy Izzard, Michaela Halsey, Senator Homes and York Region for their innovative approach with the York Durham Sewer System.

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