The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority added streamlining the approval process for developers and economic development into its 2014-2017 strategic plan alarming local environmentalists.
When the province released a whitepaper considering allowing biodiversity offsetting the NPCA sought to host a pilot project eventually revealing after first denying that they intended to support a pilot at the Thundering Waters Forest location.
The Region and the City of Niagara Falls both had motions - from a still undisclosed source - to support a pilot project for biodiversity offsetting at the now proposed Paradise Development being proposed to be built on top of the Thundering Waters Forest. After considerable public backlash, and info from the Ministry of Natural Resources revealing that this Carolinian forest was ineligible, biodiversity offsetting was taken out of consideration for now.
GR (Can) Investment while technically a Canadian company is a Chinese state owned enterprise (SEO) that is actively stating that it is still intending to destroy 200+ acres of Carolinian forest, protective thickets, and other delicate spaces adjacent to 200+ acres of protected Wetlands and no government entity or authority has advocated for protection of this proposed destruction.
Local First Nations residents, citizens of the Haudenosaunee, environmentalists and concerned allies clearly stated opposition to this development in a public rally on July 7th, 2016 in Niagara Falls. No Indigenous support for this project will materialize because the scale of destruction is in contravention of Treaty Law.
The size of the Thundering Waters Forest is one of the largest remaining continuous forests in the region of Niagara and at this moment the secondary plan to destroy the forest is still proceeding.
It is imperative to protect this forest in its entirety until the real value of this important, diverse ecosystem is properly considered. The appeal of a newer, greater, better, economic development project will only last for a few years but a majestic and important forest complex like the Thundering Waters Forest will last for thousands of them. Please help share the message that this space, and all natural spaces, are most valuable intact.