Since 1998, East Central staff has been involved in building awareness and capacity for landscape level conservation planning along a unique cliff-like geologic feature that is international in scale, the Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara Escarpment traverses approximately 55 miles through both Fond du Lac and Calumet Counties within East Central’s region. The Escarpment corridor contains a wide variety of landscapes, habitats, and species, many of which are unique only to this environment. Concerns regarding the future use and protection of The Ledge (as it’s known locally) are regional in scope, and similarly scaled planning efforts are critically needed. Housing development, wind turbine projects, non-metallic mining, recreational development, and groundwater quality are some of the major land use issues that need to be further evaluated and balanced with the conservation needs of the communities and region.
Visit the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network website.