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Sep. 24, 2018 | Monday
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Commons to remain open during mowing
Parks Canada will be mowing the NOTL Commons between August 27 and 29. (File photo)

The Parks Canada Agency will be mowing the grass at the Commons in Niagara-on-the-Lake between August 27 and 29.

Parks Canada said it hopes to achieves two goals with the mowing, in a Friday a press release.

The first goal is to prevent shrubs and trees from encroaching into the meadows, and the second is to reduce the risk of fires and the grass starts to dry out.

In addition to being responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, under the Species at Risk Act, Parks Canada is responsible for the protection and recovery of listed species found in national parks, national marine conservation areas, national historic sites and other protected heritage areas administered by Parks Canada.

The agency said as such it avoids mowing the grasses between early April and the third week of August, to ensure that no harm occurs to grassland-nesting birds — such as the Bobolink, a species that nests in the open fields of the Commons. 

The Commons will remain open to visitors during the mowing.

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