GOAL To maintain Laurier Woods Conservation Area as a natural sanctuary in an urban setting that offers recreation, tourism, scientific research and education opportunities, while preserving the ecological and cultural integrity, enabling it to last as a legacy for future generations.
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this plan and the Laurier Woods Conservation Area as a nature preserve are as follows: 1. Conservation To conserve the key features (i.e. Provincially Significant Wetlands) as well as the general ecology of the area. This conservation area will continue to protect a large portion of the Parks Creek provincially significant wetland complex, as well as an important area for migrating birds, and local wildlife. Human activities within the conservation area will continue to be monitored and restricted to support the Goal. 2. Land Use Planning To maintain recognition of the Parks Creek Provincially Significant Wetland Complex in the City of North Bay by-laws. The Friends of Laurier Woods would like the City of North Bay to have regard for the Provincial Policy Statement to conserve the Provincially Significant Wetlands and adjacent lands.
3. Tourism To plan and encourage eco-tourism based opportunities, which are complementary to the existing tourism attractions in the North Bay area and support the Goal.
4. Recreation To plan and encourage low-impact, day-use recreational opportunities such as hiking, birdwatching, nature appreciation and allow hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing although trails are not maintained during winter.
5. Education To plan and encourage outdoor education and nature appreciation opportunities for school groups, special interest groups and the general public. To create a greater awareness of the significance of the area, the wetlands, and the importance of having natural spaces in our communities. 6. Scientific Research To facilitate scientific research that is compatible with the objectives of the Laurier Woods Conservation Area.