A Story of Hope – How a Community Fought a Proposed Large Development and Created the Herman McConnell Memorial Forest in Beaver Valley

Our battle is an old battle. And it’s a battle that can be won.

Many of us fighting to protect the Escarpment look for inspiration to the fight to protect Beaver Valley. It gives us hope to fight on – and we hope it’ll do the same for you.

The President of the Niagara Escarpment Foundation, Rob Leverty penned a summary of the battle fought over nearly three decades to defeat plans for a large development in Beaver Valley. They won. And now we have the Herman McConnell Memorial Forest.

Rob himself has been fighting to protect the Beaver Valley for over 40 years. And it’s thanks to his efforts and those of many others, Beaver Valley has been saved from large-scale developments inappropriate for our communities. If not for their work, Beaver Valley’s natural beauty and breathtaking views would have been lost. Forever.

We want to leave that same legacy for future generations to enjoy the beauty of the Escarpment. And we hope you’ll join me. In 40 years, we want people to be reading about our successes and thanking us for the legacy we aim to leave behind.

In summarizing his report, Rob wrote: “My goal again was to give hope, and the message is our work is too important – never give up!” It gives us at the ECA hope and inspires us to fight on.

Let’s carry on the legacy of many before us. Join us in our fight to preserve the Escarpment and save it from inappropriate development.

To read the full report from our Resources page click HERE.

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