OUR MISSION: ACER ACER supports communities, government agencies and corporations in taking action to reduce biodiversity loss and strengthen climate resilience by increasing and monitoring urban and riparian zone forest canopy.

Resources for Communities

Go GlobalGo Global

This program is a network of one-hectare plots, which demonstrate the effectiveness of local monitoring and reporting of environmental change in long-term forest biodiversity monitoring programs. Community groups are helped to establish their own one-hectare forest plot and taught to measure locally and report globally. This is an international program that uses standardized methods to better understand global ecology.

Let’s Plant, Measure and MulchYouth Stewardship Project

This is a project created to hire and train local youth under supervision to maintain and enhance natural areas by learning the protocols to remove invasive species, inventory the remaining native species and their regeneration followed by a fall event of community planting of native species to restore the area. Data collected tracks the growth and health of the trees.

Climate Change Adaptation Workshops
Climate Change Adaptation Workshops


Climate Change Adaptation Workshops

ACER has been hosting climate change adaptation workshops in partnership with Greening Niagara. These involve fall Community Mapping Workshops and winter  Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) workshops. These workshops are a part of a three year project 2013-2016 funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

To view more information on each workshop, click on the report.

The 2015 HIRA workshop was held on Feb. 6th, 2015 at Stokes Community Village. See more info on this webpage.

2014 Community Mapping Workshop Report 

2014 HIRA Workshop Report

2013 Community Mapping Workshop Report

 2013-2014 Natural Inventory Maps

Community Solutions in a Changing Climate

ACER, Carolinian Canada and the Ontario Urban Forest Council brought together students, ENGO’s and scientists to report and plan climate change adaptations.

Hosted by Humber College, the symposium attendees met with students and teachers involved in measuring and reporting changes in biodiversity and work with Canadian climate change Nobel Prize winning scientists.

See the following link for more information:  Community Solutions in a Changing Climate