Ontario’s Niagara Parks Advances New Environmental Initiatives Along the Niagara Parkway an d Niagara River Shore

“These initiatives … place a renewed focus on environmental sustainability and have established goals for restoring native species and culling invasive species.”

News from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted August 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

  • New plan includes emphasis on shoreline renewal, removal of invasive species and restoration all along the Niagara River Corridor

  • Public Information Sessions to be held in September to receive public feedback

 Niagara Falls, Ontario  – As steward to the environmental and cultural heritage all along the Niagara River Corridor, The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the advancement of several environmental initiatives.

Ontario’s Niagara Parkway, overlooking the Niagara River, one of the most significant connecting channels in the Great Lakes basin.

These initiatives, as well as Niagara Parks new 10-year Strategic Plan, place a renewed focus on environmental sustainability and have established goals for restoring native species and culling invasive species, while enhancing the many formalized viewing areas, parkettes, picnic areas, and other shoreline sites for the benefit of wildlife and the public.

These goals will be coordinated with Niagara Parks’ new Cycling strategy, which is currently in development.

Niagara Parks has recently approved the allocation of additional staff and acquisition of needed equipment to establish and maintain the goals it has set. Starting the week of August 20, and throughout the fall, work will begin on removing invasive species, followed by the planting of native vegetation, and the creation of coastal wetland habitat to enhance and improve shoreline quality all along the Niagara River Corridor.

As part of this strategy, Niagara Parks will be hosting two public information sessions in September to discuss its future plans and gain feedback from local residents and Ontarians, which will then be used to inform Niagara Parks’ long-term plans for 2019 and beyond. A future media release will be issued, once these sessions are scheduled.

To date, Niagara Parks has restored over 1.5 kilometres of Niagara River shoreline, by creating coastal wetlands and planting thousands of trees and shrubs to mitigate erosion and enhance fish habitat.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

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