Take a hike! Greenbelt Hiking Map launches at your local LCBO



    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Britney Spears' new single "Gimme More" is not
flying off shelves just yet but you can be sure the new Greenbelt Walks hiking
brochure and map is. It's time to turn off the MP3 players, shut down YouTube,
and get outside and find something new to do. With the largest network of
hiking trails in Canada, there's no need to look any further than Ontario's
Greenbelt.
    Hiking provides a great source of physical activity anytime during the
year. With the help of the LCBO, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is
pleased to present the Greenbelt Walks hiking brochure and map in which
Ontarians are encouraged to step out and explore our living countryside.
    The easy-to-use, colourful Greenbelt Walks brochure outlines the Bruce
Trail, Trans Canada Trail and Oak Ridges Trail. In addition to these three
main trails on the map, there are hundreds of smaller local trails
criss-crossing the Greenbelt.
    "The next time you're out at the LCBO picking up your wines and beers
from Greenbelt towns, you can also pick up your very own Greenbelt Walks map,"
says Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
"Being active and getting outside and enjoying the Greenbelt is for
everybody," he says. "The Greenbelt Walks guide provides the opportunity for
people to enjoy areas of the Greenbelt they haven't discovered."
    The Greenbelt's 1.8 million acres (720,000 hectares) wraps around the
Golden Horseshoe and is vital to the quality of life of Ontarians. It
encompasses the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, some
7,000 farms, and hundreds of rural towns and villages. The Friends of the
Greenbelt Foundation began its work in June 2005 as an independent, charitable
foundation with a mandate to fund organizations in support of farming, the
environment and rural communities located in Ontario's Greenbelt.
    "The LCBO, aided by its suppliers, has helped preserve Greenbelt habitat
through our Natural Heritage Fund, which has raised almost $2 million to
restore and rehabilitate native Ontario wildlife and habitat," says Lyle
Clarke, LCBO's Environmental Strategy project leader. "Helping distribute the
Greenbelt Walks guide in our stores complements our other environmental
initiatives, such as introducing environmentally-friendly packaging,
encouraging recycling of beverage alcohol containers to higher end-uses
through the Bag-it-Back program, and promoting cloth Enviro Bags as an
alternative to plastic or paper."
    The free map will be distributed at more than 225 LCBO stores throughout
the Greenbelt area, as well as at local festivals, tourism businesses, hiking
organizations and wineries.
    With polls showing over 90% of public support for the Greenbelt's goal of
protecting land, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has to-date announced
the awarding of close to $10 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations
working in support of farming, the environment and rural communities located
in the Ontario Greenbelt.





For further information:

For further information: please visit www.OurGreenbelt.ca, and contact:
Jennifer Asselin, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, tel: (416) 960-0001,
email: jasselin@ourgreenbelt.ca


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