At Niagara College, we use our campuses as a way for students to explore, learn and innovate in all aspects of sustainability. This way they can take hands on skills learned inside the classroom and apply them a number of sustainability initiatives on our campuses. Niagara College is fortunate enough to have such unique campuses with a variety of habitat features to support wildlife. At the Welland campus, there is a remnant Carolinian woodlot and a significant restoration area with many native plant species. Also, the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus features the Niagara Escarpment, which is a designated UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Biosphere Reserve. This campus also has a significant wetland near the Escarpment that is a source of enjoyment for campus and community visitors. Realizing the significance of all the wildlife that calls our campuses home, it is important to acknowledge the biodiversity richness and accurately take stock of all species that occupy the same space as us.
During the summer of 2015, three Environmental Field and Lab Technician students worked for the Office of Sustainability and conducted a tree inventory of the Welland and NOTL campus as part of the co-op requirement for the program. The tree inventory covered over 220 acres with 7,021 trees identified. The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is home to 3,485 trees, while there are 3.536 at the Welland Campus. Over 230 tree species were identified between the two campuses, 117 in Welland and 197 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Some notable species that were found on the Welland Campus include Eastern Flowering Dogwood which is listed as an Endangered species on the Ontario List of Species at Risk, as well as Kentucky Coffee Tree which is listed as Threatened. At the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, the Butternut tree and Cherry Birch tree were also identified which are also listed as Endangered on the Ontario List of Species at Risk.
For more information, download our Tree Inventory 2015 Report.