Photo of Minister's visit with various people standing around centre for conservation
Photo of Minister's visit with various people standing around centre for conservation

06.24.2020

MINISTER OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE, HONOURABLE LISA MACLEOD VISITS BALL’S FALLS CONSERVATION AREA

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) was pleased to welcome the Honourable Lisa MacLeod to Ball’s Falls Conservation Area this past Saturday. She was joined by Member of Parliament for Niagara West Sam Oosterhoff, NPCA Board member for Lincoln Ken Kawall, and Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton and accompanying senior staff. 

“We were proud to have been given the opportunity to showcase one of our 41 Conservation Areas and discuss the role of conservation authorities in supporting the revitalization of the green economy,” said Chandra Sharma, NPCA CAO and Secretary Treasurer. “We thank Mayor Sandra Easton and the Town of Lincoln for partnering with us and recognizing the value that places like Ball’s Falls bring to our communities.”

Ball’s Falls was one of four tourism destinations on the Minister’s list of places to visit on Saturday, which also included Tigchelaar Berry Farm, Romagnoli Farms and Fielding Estate Winery. The stop at Ball’s Falls featured the Centre for Conservation, a short hike to the 1800s Glen Elgin Heritage Village, and a view of the Lower Falls.

“Like many of our agency partners, conservation authorities recognize there are significant economic and health benefits that Ontarian’s receive from having access to greenspaces and enjoying nature,” added Brenda Johnson, NPCA Board Chair. “The challenge we face today, and moving into the future, is building the path to making conservation areas available to everyone, safely, even under pandemic conditions. COVID-19 has demonstrated just how important these local, close to home, parcels of land are to the community and how critical our parks and green infrastructure are in supporting sustainable eco-tourism in Ontario.”

During her visit, Minister MacLeod emphasized the importance of showing the public that after months spent in lockdown, it was finally safe to slowly reopen the economy. She highlighted that provincial funding is being invested to help recover the tourism industry after the pandemic, with $1 million being designated to the Niagara Region.

For more information about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, please visit www.npca.ca. Follow updates on NPCA operations during the pandemic at Get Involved NPCA, or Facebook and Twitter.  

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About NPCA:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management.

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces 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
905.788.3135 ext.262
Mobile: 905-650-4027
enavarro@npca.ca