(Staff) — Calling Lake Simcoe a “severely threatened and under-protected area,” members of the organization Ontario Nature have urged the province to take steps to protect the watershed.
The resolution, adopted at the group’s annual general meeting in Toronto on the weekend, calls on the province to protect green spaces and restrict new development around the lake. It also recommends steps to rehabilitate Lake Simcoe, and suggests First Nations heritage sites be identified and protected.
“Our members have identified the Lake Simcoe watershed as a severely threatened and under-protected area that requires immediate government protection,” Caroline Schultz, executive director of Ontario Nature, stated in a press release.
“We look forward to seeing the resolution act as the mechanism that spurs the Ontario government to make the right decisions to ensure the survival of one of Ontario’s unique natural wonders — and the health of the human and wildlife populations that depend on it.”