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Preserving and Restoring
The Niagara River Greenway Commission reviews project proposals for consistency with the Niagara River Greenway Plan. If a project is found consistent, it is then eligible to apply for funding from one of the four Standing Committees. Many of the funded projects are part of a larger ongoing program, working to protect and restore our natural resources. Below are some great examples of projects the Niagara River Greenway Commission has supported.
Hyde Park Lake
This Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's Living Shoreline project is located along the southeast portion of Hyde Park Lake, adjacent to the rose garden, in an area that improves approximately 600 feet of shoreline. The project aims to enhance the park experience for residents and visitors, while also improving water quality and providing critical habitat for wildlife species including warmwater fish, bats, waterfowl, songbirds, and amphibians.
Ellicott Creek Park
The Ellicott Creek Park Living Shoreline project, also through Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, aims to restore approximately 400 linear feet of shoreline to a more natural, self-sustaining system that will offer improved habitat and water quality and protection from erosion while incorporating better access and interaction for park users.
The WNY Land Conservancy has identified four priority conservation areas within the Niagara River Greenway. These new areas to protect include important natural lands, such as forests, meadows, streams, and wetlands. These lands provide ecosystem services by cleaning our water, cleaning our air, and reducing flooding. They support rare and protected plants and animals. They can also provide low-impact recreation like hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. The Land Conservancy only protects land in partnership with willing landowners and it is always voluntary. Click view more to see where the four priority areas.
Stella Niagara Preserve
In June 2015, The WNY Land Conservancy purchased this spectacular property from the Sisters of St. Francis. It was opened to the public in July 2015 and features walking trails, fishing access, and a place to put a kayak in the water. The preserve is located on the Niagara River along Lower River Rd. in Lewiston just north of Niagara Falls. The property itself has a variety of habitats including a riparian zone, a large meadow, a forested area, and vernal pools. These habitats support rare plants and animals like the Bald Eagle and Lake Sturgeon. A vision plan guide the landscape restoration design and the ongoing stewardship and maintenance.
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