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Local field naturalists club hosting talk on gravel mining reform

Reform Gravel Mining Coalition member to speak at Oct. 19 event at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
David Jeffery

The Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club is hosting a presentation Oct. 19 focused on reforming gravel mining in Ontario.

The event, taking place at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre at 7:30 p.m., will feature guest speaker David Jeffery, a member of the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition, a group that “is supporting over 20 communities across the province in some stage of confrontation with the gravel industry,” according to a news release.

“They have developed several tools that communities and municipalities can utilize to hold the industry to account for its actions. They are calling for a moratorium on any further approvals on new or expansions of pits and quarries until an independent third party can review the industry practices and recommend a more sustainable approach that bears in mind a balance with protecting key green spaces, farmland and groundwater.”

Jeffery, a resident of Tiny Township, is also president of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition board.

The Oct. 19 event will include 50/50 ticket sales and the club’s Great Nature Book Sale. Attendees can bring used nature books to donate. They will be resold for what the buyer believes they’re worth, and all proceeds will go toward club operations.

The event is free for club members. Guests are invited to attend and are asked to make a $5 donation.

More information about the club is available here.