Glanbrook Conservation Committee and NPCA work to restore fish habitat.
BINBROOK, Ont. (July 23, 2018) – Since 1991, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and Glanbrook Conservation Committee (GCC) have worked closely to improve the natural habitat for both wildlife and visitors alike at Binbrook Conservation Area.
On Saturday, July 21, GCC continued this work with the installation of another fish crib, as part of the Binbrook Fish Management Study, generously funded by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation and its 2017 Wild Game Dinner.
“Fish cribs are important structures for the fish in the lake, as they provide cover, encourage numerous species to utilize the structures, and provide food for the larger fish that inhabit the lake,” says NPCA Ecologist, Kim Frohlich. “This work contributes to a healthy fish population and in turn, a healthier environment.”
The Glanbrook Conservation Committee is a group of volunteers comprised of naturalists, environmentalists, bird watchers, hikers, canoeists, as well as fishermen and hunters. From the maintenance of Binbrook’s hiking trails, to a large aquatic planting program, and an extensive tree planting initiative, GCC’s projects have played a major role in the conservation of the area.
“This will be the 32nd fish crib our group has installed,” says Andy Fevez, past president of Glanbrook Conservation Committee. “They complement the 30,000 water plants we have planted in Lake Niapenco since 1994.”
Other accomplishments and conservation projects by GCC include the establishment and maintenance of the Tyneside trail, monitoring Bluebird boxes, construction of nesting structures, a pheasant raise and release program, ongoing shoreline protection work, and year-round litter clean up.
Binbrook Conservation Area is a popular fishing destination, and is home to a variety of fish including crappie, bass, walleye, pike, and perch. The goal for Lake Niapenco fisheries resources is to provide a healthy, self-sustaining fishery with enhanced sport fishing opportunities.
The NPCA looks forward to working with other groups like Glanbrook Conservation Committee at all 41 Conservation Areas. Conservation is a shared responsibility and we encourage volunteers across the Niagara Peninsula watershed to get involved with projects that are important to them, and affect their local community.
The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.
NPCA manages 41 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.
Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist