Watch # 280
Great Lakes United
July 27-August 2, 2003
Rare Marcy’s Woods sold to developer
(With details from the Niagara Falls Review July 23)
On July 22nd, a Buffalo judge cleared the way for Marcy’s
Woods, a rare forest and shoreline property, to be sold,
and on July 29th the property was in-fact sold to a private
developer. The sale had been held up due to a court injunction.
Before the injunction was put in place, there were competing
bids from a Niagara Falls hotel and casino developer and
the Nature Conservancy of Canada for the property. The
provincial and federal governments had also offered funding.
This biologically rich 115-hectare property located along
the shore of Lake Erie near Point Albino, has remained
virtually untouched by humans. Just a few of Marcy’s remarkable
biological characteristics include:
· Seven nationally threatened or nationally rare,
nine provincially rare and 26 regionally rare plant species
· Three "nationally vulnerable" or "nationally
· Thirteen birds of "regional significance"
and 11 species of "regional concern"
· One "nationally vulnerable" mammal,
the southern flying squirrel
· Three "nationally rare" and "provincially
rare" reptiles or amphibians
· One of only three sites in the world with old
growth eastern hemlock
Marcy’s is recognized as an "Area of Natural and
Scientific Interest" by Ontario government researchers,
an "Environmentally Significant Area" by the
Regional Municipality of Niagara, and is cited as one
of the most critical unprotected natural areas in Canada’s
Carolinian Zone by Carolinian Canada.
Tim Hudak, the MPP at Queens Park, vowed to explore whatever
tools are necessary to keep the property undeveloped.
Expropriation, declaring Marcy’s Woods an area of natural
or scientific significance or amending the towns zoning
bylaws could control development in the area. Hudak wants
to look at all options to see which would be most viable
and effective. To receive updates and information on what
you can do to protect Marcy’s Woods, please contact Deanna
Lindblad (905) 353-8333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment on listing Asian carp species as injurious
In October 2002, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received
a petition from 25 members of Congress representing the
Great Lakes region to add bighead, black, and silver carp
to the list of injurious wildlife.
Public comments on listing the black carp occurred last
year, though the comment period was reopened in June,
2003 "to gather more economic and scientific data
on black carp" after concerns with economic impact
were voiced by the aquaculture industry. The black carp
public comment period ends August 4th. If you have not
yet commented on listing the black carp as an injurious
species please try to do so despite the quick turn around.
The Federal register notice is at: http://policy.fws.gov/library/03-13996.pdf
If you would like to review GLU’s letter on the black
carp, go to: http://www.glu.org/bhptf/GL%20Exotic%20Species/asian%20carp.html
The silver carp public comment period just opened on
July 23rd, and comments can submitted on or before September
22, 2003. Please take this opportunity to voice your concern
on this invasive carp species.
Please feel free to email jen@glu
org if you need the Federal Register notices emailed
to you directly.
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