(PRWEB) June 26, 2010
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Gord Miller and the multi stakeholder advisory committee are set to tour the rare Carolinian forest of Marcy’s Woods. Appointed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to monitor and report on the provincial government’s compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, the ECO and his committee selects an area of the province to visit each summer and will take a break from meetings to tour environmental projects and initiatives.
2010 is the International year of biodiversity and with Marcy’s Woods as one of only 38 Carolinian areas in Canada, the unique biodiversity of the site and successes at environmental protectionism made it a natural choice for this year’s visit. The 285 acres of rare forest, wetlands and dunes are home to several rare and endangered flora and fauna species and is managed as a private protected nature reserve. Located on the North Shore of Lake Erie, Marcy’s Woods was purchased by the DiCienzo family in 2003 in order to restore, protect and manage the exceptional property.
“Our family is proud that Ontario’s Environment Commissioner will visit Marcy’s Woods to witness first-hand the success we have had in ensuring the Carolinian forest, sensitive wetlands, sand dunes, flora and fauna contained in our private nature preserve are not only properly protected, restored and managed but also enjoyed by nature lovers for generations to come,” said property owner Dino A. DiCienzo.
Marcy’s Woods has undergone extensive restoration projects in the past five years through private funding by the DiCienzo family. Before private ownership, boaters, snowmobilers, and general public access often resulted in vandalism, hunting, logging, unauthorized anchoring of boats along the shore, and motorized vehicle use which severely impacted the growth of all species that are present at Marcy’s.
Currently a combination of police presence, private security contractors and local resident involvement has greatly decreased unauthorized access and has left the land time and peace to flourish. The acreage is designated as an Environmentally Significant Area by the Regionally Municipality of Niagara and an area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Marcy’s Woods is open to the public with permissions, and guided tours are available upon request for school groups, nature groups/clubs, conservation organizations and photography clubs.
For more information on dates available to the public or for guided tours contact info(at)marcyswoods(dot)ca
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