Niagara’s Conservation Authority Purchases Ecologically Rich Land in Wainfleet

“The property is designated as an Environmental Conservation Area and Significant Woodland, serving as a vital habitat and migratory stopover for birds, bats, and butterflies.” – NPCA

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

“Safeguarding Niagara’s environmental heritage is of vital importance to our community, and this major NPCA investment will ensure that a significant part of our local ecosystem will remain protected. This acquisition speaks to the shared priorities of the conservation authority, municipalities and Region to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to protect what makes Niagara unique.”                                         – Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

A News Release from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) in Niagara, Ontario

Posted May 11th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to announce the purchase of 70 acres on Morgan’s Point Road in Wainfleet, Ontario.

The property is designated as an Environmental Conservation Area and Significant Woodland, serving as a vital habitat and migratory stopover for birds, bats, and butterflies.

Area in yellow show new lands purchased by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority  near shores of Lake Erie in Wainfleet, Niagara. Lands outlined in red pinpoint two other conservation areas owned by NPCA – the Lakewood Conservation Area to the left and Morgan’s Point Conservation Area along Lake Erie at the tip of Morgan’s Point.

The new land purchase includes several important ecological features, such as interior forest which provides critical habitat for interior species, a significant water recharge area, a highly vulnerable groundwater area found throughout the entire parcel, and a potential alvar ecosystem with characteristic shallow soils.

It also serves as a prime habitat for species at risk including the Monarch Butterfly, and various snakes, birds, and toads.

The NPCA would like to advise that this area is currently not open to public. More details will be available in the coming months.

NPCA Board Chair Brenda Johnson

Quotes: 

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to increase the amount of protected greenspace in our watershed, using our Land Acquisition funding. We would like to thank our municipal partners for their continued support, and are pleased that together, we can continue to connect our communities to nature for their well-being, recreation, and education needs.” – Brenda Johnson, NPCA Board Chair.

“Safeguarding Niagara’s environmental heritage is of vital importance to our community, and this major NPCA investment will ensure that a significant part of our local ecosystem will remain protected. This acquisition speaks to the shared priorities of the conservation authority, municipalities and Region to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to protect what makes Niagara unique across the Province. I want to thank the NPCA Board of Directors for the leadership on this important matter.” – Jim Bradley, Regional Chair, Niagara Region 

Wainfleet Mayor Kevin Gibson

“We were very excited to hear of the NPCA’s acquisition of lands on Morgan’s Point Road in Wainfleet. We appreciate the Authority’s interest in securing and protecting important greenspace and conservation resources and look forward to this remarkable opportunity for providing greater public access to natural places and connecting with other protected areas as part of a larger scale scenic landscape.” – Kevin Gibson, Mayor of Township of Wainfleet.

About NPCA – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management. 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery. 

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is a registered charitable organization.

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