Niagara Parks Environmental Stewardship
The Niagara Parks Commission is one of Ontario’s original environmental organizations. Since its founding in 1885, Niagara Parks has served a mandate that includes the preservation of natural habitat along the Niagara River corridor from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
Today, Niagara Parks’ environmental stewardship mandate is at the very centre of its mission as the Commission works to protect, conserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of the Niagara River corridor. That mandate now includes the pursuit of innovative conservation practices along with building an organization that is itself sustainable in its policies, plans and activities.
Preservation of the Niagara River Shoreline
Efforts to Support Endangered Species
Sustainable Land Management
Partnership with Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
In April 2018, The Niagara Parks Commission and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre formalized a partnership to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects with a focus on environmental stewardship. This partnership, known as The Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative, will advance understanding (theoretical and applied) of environmental stewardship, inform and enhance practice, and improve the capacity of Niagara Parks and its staff to make evidence-based decisions.
Niagara Parks works regularly with the following groups and organizations: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; Environment Canada; Ontario Power Generation; Parks Canada; Forests Ontario; NGO’s – Canadian Wildlife Federation, Land Care Niagara, Niagara Restoration Council; Nature Clubs – e.g. Niagara Falls Nature Club; Friends of Niagara Glen; and Local Municipalities.
Chippawa Grassland Bird Habitat Management PlanFilename: Niagara Parks PIC - Sept 2018 - Chippawa Grassland.pdfLast Modified: Sep 28, 2018
With the drastic decline of grassland habitat and grassland bird populations throughout southern Ontario, there is an essential need to protect and enhance existing grasslands. The primary purpose of the Chippawa Grassland Bird Habitat Management Plan is to enhance existing grasslands on Niagara Parks property to support grassland dependent bird species.Download pdf
Designated Audubon Cooperative SanctuaryFilename: Niagara Parks PIC - Sept 2018 - Audubon.pdfLast Modified: Sep 28, 2018
In February 2014, Niagara Parks’ Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex achieved designation as a “Certiﬁed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Niagara Parks has been working to achieve this designation with the Audubon International since 2004.Download pdf
Emerald Ash BorerFilename: Niagara Parks PIC - Sept 2018 - EAB.pdfLast Modified: Sep 28, 2018
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario and in the United States, and a conﬁrmed infestation in Niagara Parks was conﬁrmed in 2012. Infested ash trees die off within two to ﬁve years, posing a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas.Download pdf
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Senior Manager, Environmental Planning
Project Manager, Forest Health Parks, Planning & Properties