The City of Niagara Falls Woodland Management Plan is a comprehensive management plan for all City owned or controlled woodlands. This management plan lays out a road map that will ensure the long-term sustainability of City woodlands.
The Woodland Management Plan contains 34 City woodlands that were surveyed utilizing the provincial standard Ecological Land Classification (ELC) inventory system and field notes from volunteer data collectors from the Niagara Falls Nature Club.
A complete digital copy is available for download on this web page. Hard copies of the document available for review at City Hall, Municipal Works Department and all locations of the Niagara Falls Public Library.
Some of the major findings and recommendations of the Woodland Management Plan can be summarized as follows:
Encourage Appropriate Use
Recreational use of woodlands is extensive and in many situations is negatively affecting the ecosystems. More well planned trails and educational signage is needed to reduce negative ecological impacts while providing needed recreation.
Encourage Public Stewardship
Negative impacts caused by people were common in many woodlands. Better physical protections must be established for many woodlands to ensure habitat is not lost by human activities. These include ATVs, motorcycles, general encroachments and dumping.
Restore Damaged Areas
Ash trees are a dominant species in most City woodlands. Many of these woodlands are showing the impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer insects. Reforestation efforts will be needed to ensure the long-term existence of these woodlands.
Remove Invasive Species
Invasive species are negatively affecting woodlands in significant way. Removal of invasive species needs to be a priority.
Provide Public Education
More effort is required in promoting education about good woodland stewardship.
Acquire Land & Make Connections Future woodlands being acquired through development processes will need to be managed. To assist with this, developers should be dedicating woodlands in a proper condition with management planning already completed. City staff should actively pursue opportunities to acquire important woodlands outside the development process where linked to current woodlands owned by the City. Learn about woodlands, parks, trails and more in 3 easy steps!
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Woodland Management Plan Walker Park Walker Greenspace Theresa Park Shriner's Creek Woodlot Shriner's Creek South Mount Carmel Park NS&T Trail Paddock Nature Park Paisley Janvary-Pool Pathway Glenview Park Fernwood Woodlot Edgewood Woodlot Deerfield Park Gustavus-Monro Park John N. Allan Park Charnwood Park MacBain Park Oakwood Drive Woodlot Fireman's Park Weaver Park Fern Park Crimson Park Montrose Business Park Woodlot Baden Powell Park George Bukator Park Willick Road Woodlot Hunter's Drain Patrick Cummings Memorial Sports Complex Little Mississippi Drain Willoughby Open Space Carl Road Woodlot Crowland Woods Bowman's Woods West Bowman's Woods East Appendices Questions and Comments
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