Baden Powell Park Ecosystem Enhancement Project (1998 to 2000)
Located in the city of Niagara Falls, the Baden Powell Park project began in April of 1998. This project was the first large-scale project the Niagara Restoration Council (NRC) completed (2000).
The main objective of the project is to protect and restore the existing natural ecosystem in the 26 hectare park that contains Carolinian forest, oak savannah, and prairie/meadow remnant, including several species at risk. The project included a variety of restoration techniques to enhance the existing habitat types.
Over 7,000 trees and shrubs were planted, to restore the existing forest habitat. Meadow enhancement involved prescribed burns to encourage germination of existing native seeds and the planting of 2000 wildflower plugs. The oak savannah was restored through the removal of non-native species and a prescribed burn to encourage growth of native species. Approximately 1200
wildflower plugs and 150 black oak seedlings were planted.
This project was funded almost equally between cash donations and in-kind services. The total cost was $300,000..Environment Canada's EcoAction 2000 Community Funding Program contributed an outstanding $100,000.
The in-kind support for this project was a vital component. Key members of the Project team were: Niagara College, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Plantscape Niagara, Land Care Niagara, City of Niagara Falls and the many volunteers who came out to help.
Two burns have been done at the park, one on April 22, 2007 and another one approximately one year later. As of today, the plan is to have a 5-7 year burn cycle, as maintenance.