Paradise Grove Forest Management

A story of giving to support environmental stewardship at Niagara Parks

One of the priority projects that the Niagara Parks Foundation is supporting is tree planting along the Niagara River corridor. Each year, Niagara Parks has a goal of planting 5,000 trees to achieve a 35% canopy cover by 2028.


Dead Oak Removal

Niagara Parks has identified approximately 30 dead oak trees in the Paradise Grove area on the north Niagara Parkway. Paradise Grove is representative of a remnant black oak savannah, which is one of the rarest habitat types in Ontario. The dead oak trees, located near or adjacent to the Parkway and the Niagara River Recreation Trail, pose a safety risk to visitors if left standing in the long term. This is the only reason for their removal.

As a result, the Niagara Parks Forestry team will be removing the identified trees beginning the week of July 25. Prior to removing the trees, the team will inspect them to ensure that there is no wildlife nesting in the impacted trees. In addition, the trees will be harvested for their wood and re-purposed in the future for uses such as public park benches.

Generous Support

Through the Niagara Parks Foundation, Miller Waste Systems has donated $10,000 to cover the cost of planting 150 new trees at Paradise Grove, representing a 5 to 1 replacement ratio. “Our company is proud to support this tree planting initiative, which is in lock-step with our organization’s values,” stated Miller Waste Systems’ President Denis Goulet. “Our staff live and work in this community and we appreciate the environmental stewardship of Niagara Parks to preserve and protect the natural features along the Niagara River corridor.”


Tree Planting

Niagara Parks will plant a variety of native tree species, ranging in size, of mostly oak, but also maple and sassafras, to ensure a diversity of tree species grow in the future in this area. Before planting, staff will undertake further testing to understand soil conditions including nutrient levels, salinity, compaction, and change in moisture levels. The planting will take place this fall during cooler weather.

A diverse forest canopy is resilient to future threats such as invasive species and a changing climate.

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