These are links to other websites in Niagara on the Lake that may be of interest to people interested in natural conservation.
Leslie Frankish created the MyChautauqua.ca site in 2019 to share information about the Chautauga Tree Project, a volunteer effort to replenish the native tree canopy in this NOTL neighbourhood. She looked into the history of the area’s settlement and led efforts to conduct a tree inventory. There will be replanting of native trees in the Chautauqua neighbourhood by the volunteers and members of the Chautauqua Residents Association. Visit MyChautauqua.ca .
The Upper Canada Heritage Trail follows the railway corridor established in 1854 to link Niagara-on-the-Lake with Niagara Falls. The property is now owned by the town, but the pathway has deteriorated substantially. In 2019, the Heritage Trail Committee of the Town of Niagara on the Lake began fundraising to restore “Phase 1” of the trail that runs south from John Street, past Charlotte Street to East West Line. Much of the trail is overgrown and often muddy, so they plan to establish a 3-metre wide pathway of crushed stone along the 1,500 metres from John Street to East-West Line. Visit HeritageTrail.ca
The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that is native to Asia. The beetle was discovered in Ontario in 2002 and its infestation has spread throughout much of southern Ontario. The Emerald Ash Borer uses all species of North American ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) as hosts. Up to 99% of ash trees can be killed once the Emerald Ash Borer arrives in an area. Out of 1,500 ash trees recorded in Niagara on the Lake in 2014, so far 876 have been removed for safety reasons. Of these, 214 were in the One Mile Creek watershed. View info at https://notl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=cd7e82e9526e49bc9062e1965986e992.