Sav­ing Wilder­ness im­por­tant for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

The Welland Tribune - - Opinion -

My hope is that the Ni­a­gara Foun­da­tion is able to pro­ceed with its pro­posal to pur­chase half The Wilder­ness and its wooded prop­erty in Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake. The foun­da­tion has done some terrific work in Ni­a­gara, both in pre­serv­ing build­ings of his­toric value and for keep­ing de­vel­op­ment at bay.

I have read about the is­sue fac­ing the town with the his­toric Rand­wood Es­tate, and also of the City of Ni­a­gara Falls ap­par­ently ap­prov­ing plans to de­velop in the Thun­der­ing Wa­ters area, de­spite huge op­po­si­tion. The name change to River­front Com­mu­nity is just a name change. Noth­ing has changed ex­cept de­vel­op­ment all the time.

Hav­ing been one of the lucky few to have vis­ited The Wilder­ness, as it was the home of a col­league, I have al­ways hoped that this prop­erty could be suc­cess­fully re­pur­posed, but also be open to the pub­lic in some form. Who bet­ter to do that than The Ni­a­gara Foun­da­tion? It would be to the ben­e­fit of all of us and suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions.

Gail Ben­jafield

St Catharines

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