NPC to Host Public Information Centre: Emerald Ash Borer Woodlot Management Plan for Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex

For Immediate Release
December 22, 2014

NPC to Host Public Information Centre
Emerald Ash Borer Woodlot Management Plan for
Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex

Niagara Falls, ON – Parks and forestry staff of The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) have been monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) as it has made its way across Ontario and into the Niagara region, including within the lands protected by NPC.

This non-native insect burrows into Ash tree bark and removes the ability of the tree to retain the nutrients it will need to sustain its health and growth. In response, municipalities and agencies across Ontario have taken various measures to limit the impacts of EAB on tree lined streets and within forested areas. NPC has developed a proactive Emerald Ash Borer Forestry Management Plan to address the impact of this particular species, which has affected the high concentration of Ash trees found in and along NPC’s Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex. Working with other agencies and utilizing modern forestry management techniques, NPC has provided funding to preserve the environmental and esthetic benefits of the tree population within its lands, while at the same time through a combination of monitoring, removals and replacements, has worked to address the consequences of EAB to the Ash tree population on its lands.

NPC will be hosting a Public Information Centre to discuss its EAB Management Plan for Legends on the Niagara. One strategy to be implemented in the winter of 2015 is a low-intensity thinning to take place on a 40 hectare (100 acre) parcel of land in the northeast area of Legends on the Niagara. In anticipation of the EAB and its impact, NPC parks and forestry staff planted over 30,000 new trees and seedlings within Niagara Parks in 2014, including the restoration of over nine hectares (24 acres) at Legends on the Niagara. During 2015 and 2016, an additional 40,000 new trees and seedlings will be planted as part of NPC’s forestry restorative efforts.

NPC’s Public information Centre will be held at:
Where: Legends on the Niagara Clubhouse
9172 Willoughby Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario
When: Tuesday, January 13
Times: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Who: NPC officials will be in attendance to discuss its 2015 EAB plans at Legends.

Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders and Inspires people world-wide. The Niagara Parks Commission hosts millions of Visitors each year who come to see its world-renowned parklands and attractions.

For more information, please contact:
Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
(905) 353-5408 or tbaldinelli@niagaraparks.com