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The Greenbelt

Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

by (author) Burkhard Mausberg

Barlow Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
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Ontario's Greenbelt, stretching from the Niagara Peninsula to Tobermorey, is the largest and most successful protected green space in the world. It includes the 800-km Bruce Trail, which winds past Hamilton and Toronto up to Georgian Bay. It protects the rich lands of the Oak Ridges Moraine north of Toronto and offers city dwellers, even those without a cottage, a beautiful day in the country.

Protecting the Greenbelt is one of the greatest achievements of former Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and two Conservative premiers who preceded him. It is one of our society's greatest gifts to our children.
Now, a decade after the Greenbelt was created, the CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt has written a coffee-table book to celebrate.

It contains gorgeous photographs of the signature charms of the Greenbelt-its waterfalls and wooded trails, lush farms, and waterways. This book also tells the story of the people who make the Greenbelt hum-the people who have set up wineries and new pubs in the Greenbelt, the organic farmers who bring their produce to farmers' markets in town, the musicians who are inspired by its natural beauty, plus the cyclists, hikers, and rock climbers who use it as a natural playground. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the land and its people.

About the author

Burkhard Mausberg is the CEO of the Friends of The Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund. A leader in Ontario's environmental/food sector, Mausberg has worked for charities and non-profit groups for almost three decades. Before joining the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the programs of the Ivey Foundation. Mausberg was also CEO of several environmental organizations, which he transformed into essential forces for change. Mausberg cut his teeth at Pollution Probe, has served on several NGO boards, and writes widely on vital issues in diverse settings. Mausberg studied environmental science at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, where he also taught for eight years. He lives in Toronto with his three daughters.

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