"It is a one of kind in the world environment of this type. Itís Ontarioís gem."
That, according to Tim Grier, the Communications Lead of the Peak to Peak Escarpment Challenge.
"One of the things that makes the Niagara Escarpment so worth preserving to my mind is that, you know in British Columbia they have Clayoquot Sound, thereís the Bay of Fundy. Here, our ecological gem is the Niagara Escarpment."
A number of groups have been involved in an on-going fight against a quarry being planned along the Escarpment near the village of Creemore, Ont.
"This is a UN Biosphere reserve and the key to a Biosphere reserve is a balance between development and the natural environment," says Grier. "Itís not about not letting any development happen in that space itís about balancing the two."
The Peak to Peak Escarpment Challenge is being held this weekend. It's a hike-a-thon aimed to help protect the Niagara Escarpment, and subsequently the Bruce Trail.
"One of the great things about the Bruce Trail is the solitary experience of hiking on it. We didnít want to make it like rush hour on the subway. So we limited the number of hikers to 300," Grier explains.
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