NERN Mission & Principles

Mission Statement

Shortly after its formation in 1998, NERN developed the following Mission Statement and Guiding Principles to serve as the directional framework for its future efforts. While these statements still describe NERN’s work accurately, there are plans to revisit these strategic statements during 2011 to update them in the context of its new Business Plan and non-profit status. A printable copy of the Mission Statement/Principals along with a simple locational map of Wisconsin’s Niagara Escarpment is available by clicking here.

The Mission of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network is:

“To promote balanced land-use decisions and an appreciation of the ecology of the Niagara Escarpment. This will be achieved by providing education and scientific information to decision-makers; acknowledging local interests, and; promoting sound planning and management concepts that conserve the integrity of the Niagara Escarpment.”

Organizational Principles

Awareness & Appreciation: We foster increased awareness and appreciation of the Niagara Escarpment and its unique and varied resources.

Communication & Information Sharing: We seek to identify, collect, develop, and communicate information and research regarding the Niagara Escarpment.

Community Involvement & Education: We promote and facilitate community involvement and education related to both small and large-scale issues concerning the Niagara Escarpment.

Public & Private Stewardship: We encourage the public and private protection and stewardship of Niagara Escarpment resources through voluntary measures.

Funding Opportunities: We encourage and promote the use of public and private programs for funding future conservation, acquisition, and enhancement of Niagara Escarpment resources.

Land Use Planning: We encourage communities and counties to proactively create meaningful local and regional plans for the protection and conservation of the Niagara Escarpment’s unique and valued resources.

Groundwater Resources: We promote the understanding of the karst geology of the Niagara Escarpment and seek to protect the groundwater resources of the Niagaran Aquifer system

Aesthetic Resources: We provide insight on the aesthetic qualities of the Niagara Escarpment and seek to protect scenic resources and enhance visually degraded areas along its corridor.

Public Access & Recreation: We promote and support expansion of public access to the Niagara Escarpment corridor to facilitate additional low-impact recreation activities.

Mineral Resources: We seek to balance the needs of Niagara Escarpment protection with the public’s needs for mineral resources.

Wildlife & Habitat: We seek to identify and promote the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat, especially rare and significant areas, along the Niagara Escarpment corridor.

Cultural & Historical Resource: We seek to identify and protect cultural, archeological, and historical sites along the Niagara Escarpment corridor.