Westboro Beach Stewardship Project

In fall 2017 Carleton University students from the Group Research in Environmental Science Project course performed an ecological assessment of a 3 hectare site in Westboro Beach and developed a long term plan to restore the natural integrity of the area for wildlife sustainment and human enjoyment through community stewardship.

The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) wants to restore an ecologically degraded area called Atlantis Woods and Selby Plains to make it a home for native plants and animals, and provide nature appreciation and passive recreation for local residents and Westboro Beach visitors. The WBCA does not have the expertise to develop a plan and needs help in understanding what is possible using community stewardship.

The students conducted a bio-inventory of the area to establish a baseline and create an ecological map, and then developed a restoration plan that involves community stewardship and introduction of native species suitable for sustaining wildlife.

We were partnered with the Westboro Beach Community Association for this project.

The map below shows “Atlantis Woods” and “Selby Plains” outlined in red on the west side near the Ottawa River between the Parkway and the Westboro Beach community