Lend Your Name to the Fight to Protect What Are Left of our Red-headed Woodpeckers and Natural Heritage
A Petition posted by Marcie Jacklin and Community Voices of Fort Erie, a citizens group in Fort Erie, Ontario
Posted April 12th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
As some of you may already know, Waverly Woods (an area now being targeted for urban development) is a strong-hold for Red-headed Woodpeckers.
The Red-headed Woodpecker is now listed as Threatened under the Species at Risk Act for Canada and as Special Concern under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act.
The population is declining.
You can help by responding to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s request for input for their proposed recovery strategy.
Sign the peitition by clicking on – https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods/u/24410441?cs_tk=Ao8jS4Tz7I_GMtc_slwAAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvNiUDZiORJxltVhuWEqU9Zg%3D&utm_campaign=903ff2966088489e8c243c05a9b00f32&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs .
Information and an email address can be found here : https://wildlife-species.canada.ca/…/document/default_e.cfm I urge everyone who loves this beautiful bird to participate.
More updates soon on what is happening at Waverly Woods. In the meantime if you would like to donate to the cost of the expert help please go to this site https://sites.google.com/view/communityvoicesfe/donate-and-brochure?authuser=0
Also, encourage others who would like this property saved to sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods
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from Community Voices of Fort Erie
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –
Here we are now, six months after municipal elections in Niagara that were supposed to be a game changer when it came to politicians not listening to the concerns of their constituents and developers still pushing to gut what is left of some of Niagara’s most precious natural places.
It almost never seems to fail.
There is all kinds of land in Niagara, inside the existing urban boundaries and zoned for development, that is backed clay or vacant brown fields with hardly and thing growing on it. And yet we still have an element of the development industry that insist on paving on or around the last of our forests, wetlands or waterfront areas where wildlife lives and members of the public would like to preserve for the common good of present and future generations.
This kind of short-sighted, thoughtless plundering of what is left of our region’s natural heritage has got to stop!
Niagara’s Regional Council is now working on a new strategic plan, including planning and places to grow rules, and regulations for protecting trees, and Niagara residents from one end of this region to the other have got to get engaged and make sure we have an input in shaping these plans and setting these rules.
We cannot afford to have any more incidents like ones we witnessed in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake over the past eight to ten months where developers can on cherished plans, mowed down trees, then when citizens complained, government enforcement officers told them that the current tree protection laws are too weak to do anything about it.
We need to be putting pressure on our regional and local council members to strengthen whatever policy, plans and laws are necessary to protect what is left of our natural heritage before it is gone.
If necessary, we need to tell those council members who won’t do what is right to stop taking their orders from the worst elements of the development industry, and to start listening to us, or we will turn them the next time elections come around in three and a half years.
Enough is enough.
And here is hoping you signed the petition for Waverly Woods in Fort Erie and the wildlife that live there, and will be ready to stand up strong for Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls and other of our most precious natural places that remain under assault in our region.
It is not about being opposed to development or “anti-development” as some members of the development industry and their puppets in politics like to paint us. It is about being more responsible and imaginative about where new development goes – PERIOD!
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