Meeting Features Speaker Engaged In Ongoing Wetlands Controversy In Niagara

An Invite from the Niagara Secular Humanists

Niagara At Large is pleased to promote the following meeting.

Posted by NAL publisher Doug Draper

On Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m., the Niagara Secular Humanists will be hosting a meeting featuring speaker Taylor Telford whose talk is titled; “Preserving the Landscape: Understanding and Appreciating Ecology.”

Don't let the Niagara Peninsula Conservation use something called "biodiversity offsetting" to decimate what is left of Niagara's natural wetlands.

Don’t let the Niagara Peninsula Conservation use something called “biodiversity offsetting” to decimate what is left of Niagara’s natural wetlands.

Taylor is one of a growing number of people across the Niagara, Ontario region s raising questions and concerns about an idea being explored by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to try something called “bio-diversity offsetting” – a technique that involves destroying natural wetlands for urban development, then attempting to construct a wetland as large or larger somewhere else, to make up for the loss.

Niagara At Large wishes to thank the Niagara Secular Huminists for hosting this meeting and speaker at a time when the Conservation Authority’s expressed interest in using Niagara as a “pilot” region for this controversial technique needs a full public airing in the weeks and months to come.

The March 8th meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara at 223 Church Street in the downtown area of St. Catharines.

All are welcome to attend. Admission is $4 for non-members. NSH (Niagara Secular Humanists) members are free.

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4 responses to “Meeting Features Speaker Engaged In Ongoing Wetlands Controversy In Niagara

  1. Sheila Krekorian

    Here is my email to Bruce Timms of Feb18:
    Bruce: you know darn well this idea is a really bad one. You cannot re-create what Mother Nature has created no matter how much money you throw at it. We expect you to protect Niagara’s land, not sell it to the highest bidder and “offset” it with a cheap imitation.
    Sheila Krekorian and Joe Skura

    Here is Bruce Timm’s response that I cut and pasted from his email:
    Much of the land we are discussing were cleared for Forming 100 years ago the ignored for 20 years and returned to slew forest like they were before our ancestors cleared them, we can restore any of the clear land very quickly, and the benefit will last for many years, we are talking 3 Acres restored for one Acre turned into employment land or homes. We are not talking about wainfleet bog or heartland forest as some have suggested.
    Let’s continue the conversation. You are quite right, we are not tAlking ground truthed provincially significant wetlands.

    Here is the response we received from Brian Baty:
    The position of NPCA is to provide a serious scientific study on a limited basis (i.e. 3 sites in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake) to determine potential success with a potential bonus of a3X increase in resulting wetlands. I invite you to talk with our restoration staff to learn of past and current successes. Particularly I would welcome a tour of the E.C. Brown conservation area in Pelham near the Central Niagara Airport by you to see firsthand the created wetland. Perhaps in late May or June when the plentiful natural species are active. Thanks for including me in your communication!

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  2. Gail Benjafield

    I emailed four of the 6 St. Catharines regional councillers (Caslin and Petrowski, no) others on the NPCA, and a couple of other regional council elected people. Also to my MPP and the Ministry overseeing this. Heard back from four from regional council, my MPP’s office (by phone) and the Ministry itself. Kind of surprised. It appears to be a very hot issue.

    Thanks, Doug, for parsing this difficult issue so well.

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  3. Marcie Jacklin

    Unfortunately the politicians are talking about open water wetlands when they refer to restoration not the forested swamps that they want to destroy. There is absolutely no reason for them to destroy these swamps other than greed.


  4. Albert Garofalo

    Thankfully the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, not the NPCA ,will be making the decision regarding whether or not Ontario will permit wetland offsetts.
    At the provincial level, the opinion of wetland ecologists will be weighted and the results of a province wide discussion on the issue will be considered.
    Here in Niagara it seems the NPCA instead employs politicians to set their wetland policy as is evidenced by comments above. Does Councillor Timms know what type of wetland (Green Ash Swamp) occurs after 100 years? Certainly not slough forest (it’s slough not slew). And certainly not mature Red Maple Swamp. Do they have the ability to even consider what type of wetland they are so intent on replacing or do they think as does Councillor Batty that a forested swamp has magically sprung up at E.C. Brown after their restoration staff spread a few magic seeds.
    E.C. Brown is an example of an open water pond. Digging out a duck or fish pond is no fax simile for the complexity of a slough forest or forested swamp. I invite you to watch this link to see why:


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