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Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers Project (2001 to present)

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Past Projects

Baden Powell Park Ecosystem Enhancement Project (1998 to 2000)

Future Forest Tree Planting Program (2001)

Grassy Brook Aquatic Rehabilitation Project (1999 to 2001)

Miller Creek Habitat Enhancement Project (2013)

Naturalizing Fort Erie's Creek Drains (2012 to 2015)

Niagara River Area of Concern Fish Barrier Project (2001 to 2010)

One Mile Creek - Landsdowne Pond Biodiversity Enhancement Project (2010 to 2012)

Pelham Hills Golf and Country Club/Coyle Creek Restoration Project (2005 to 2006)

Restoring Niagara’s Short Hills Project (2010 to 2012)

Returning Nature to Niagara: Thorold–Lake Gibson Corridor Naturalization Project (2008 to 2010)

Trees for Niagara: Wildlife Corridor Enhancement Project (2005 to 2008)


One Mile Creek - Landsdowne Pond Biodiversity Enhancement Project (2010 to 2012)

The Landsdowne Pond wetland and One Mile Creek represents one of the last remaining natural areas in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Over the past century, human influences have negatively impacted the biodiversity of Landsdowne Pond and One-Mile Creek, which has resulted in low species diversity (flora and fauna) and reduced riparian wildlife habitat. This project aims to restore Landsdowne Pond into a natural self-sustaining wetland through the planting of native aquatic and semi aquatic plants. In addition, native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will be planted around the pond and along the banks of One Mile Creek to create riparian wildlife habitat, further increasing biodiversity. The installation of river stone riffles will also promote better aquatic habitat and fish passage for various fish species.

Properly functioning wetlands act like nature’s ‘filter’, which enhance water quality through the uptake of heavy metals and nutrients, sequestration of carbon, and increase oxygen levels in water. This is important as the waters of One-Mile-Creek flow into Lake Ontario. A high proportion of Ontario’s fish and wildlife species are also dependent on wetlands during part of their life cycle (i.e. nesting, feeding, mating, etc.).

Another component of this project will be to educate local residents about the importance and benefits of wetlands and biodiversity. This will be done through several volunteer planting days, demonstration days, and the distribution of information. The students and other volunteers will be taught about wetland ecology and how to properly plant trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.

Several organizations will be involved with this project, with the Friends of One Mile Creek and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) being the main partners. These organizations are committed to the long term protection and preservation of the newly restored wetlands. Working with the NPCA, we have designed a project that targets an ecologically significant area. The knowledge and experience gained through the NRC’s successful Building Stream Buffers and Removing Barriers to Fish Migration projects, will also enhance our ability to effectively and efficiently complete this project. We believe that this project will protect and restore biodiversity in Niagara, make each organization stronger, improve our collective ability to interact with the public, and have a positive impact on environmental health and habitat in Niagara.


 

Did you know that the Carolinian life zone makes up only 1% of Canada's landmass, while boasting the highest diversity of flora and fauna in all of the country?


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