Western New York Land Conservancy To Restore The Niagara Gorge

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The Western New York Land Conservancy has just secured almost $1 million for the new “Restore the Gorge” project from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to begin ecological restoration work in one of the most important natural places in the world – the Niagara Gorge.

The Niagara Gorge is comprised of unique ecological communities and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the Great Lakes. According to Nancy Smith, executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, “The Niagara Gorge is home to the majority of the plant species found in the Niagara Frontier, many of them very rare. It is also part of a globally significant Important Bird Area, and the lower Niagara River rapids are important spawning grounds for freshwater fish, including the threatened Lake Sturgeon.”

Unfortunately, the health of this sensitive environment can easily be harmed by many factors, especially the threat of exotic invasive plant species. To fortify the gorge and restore its health, over the next three years the Land Conservancy plans to remove invasive plant species and improve wildlife habitat on 43 acres of land in the gorge and rim between the Railroad Bridge and the Discovery Center.
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