Citizens in the Niagara town of Fort Erie, Ontario are fighting to save this green place – Waverly Woods – from being compromised or destroyed for a condo that cpuld go somewhere that isn’t as green with trees as this.
Why Aren’t More Citizens Across this Region Pressing their Councillors for More Effective Rules for Conserving Trees?
A New Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 14th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Most of us are familiar with old line; “What if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it?”
Well, what if a trees falls or, more to the point, an entire stand of trees is chopped down within ear or eye shot of a community of concerned citizens and there are no rules with enough teeth on the books to stop it?
The felling of this tree and others in Waverly Woods last year caused an outcry among citizens. File Photo courtesy of the group Community Voices for Fort Erie
There were at least two significant cases in this Niagara region this past November 2018 where citizens were faced with a case of trees they cherished being chopped down – one in the Waverly Forest area of Fort Erie where a multi-storey condo is on the drawing board, and one on the historic Randwood Estates property in Niagara-on-the-Lake where the current owner plans to build a new hotel, convention centre and recreational complex.
Tree cutting underway on the property of the Randwood Estate in Niagara-on-the-Lake last year. File Photo courtesy of members of the citizens group SORE (Save Our Randwood Estate)
And in both these cases and others like them, including a clearing of trees by developers in the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls to make way for a path or road, calls for action against the tree cutters were met with a response from authorities that upset and angered many of them.
In short, the response they received was that the tree and forest conservation rules on the books at the time, and are still the rules of the day at the Niagara regional government level, would do nothing to stop or to penalize the tree cutting that took place at these sites. Continue reading