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Native Plant Restoration - Rotary Row 

Seven local Rotary Clubs: Medina, Hamburg Sunrise, Lancaster-Depew. Ellicottville, East Aurora, Middleport, and Hamilton East Wentworth contributed to the planting event that took place on July 14th at Rotary Row. This event comes as a follow up to the invasive species removal VolunteerCorps effort on April 21st of this year. West Side Rowing Club, Greenway, and Rotary volunteers planted 43 native trees and shrubs adjacent to the Greenway Shoreline trail at Riverwalk to discourage the reestablishment of recently removed invasive species, create habitat for local wildlife, and provide visual interest for pedestrians and site visitors. 

Invasive Species Management on River Road - Pilot Project 

The Niagara River Greenway Commission staff partnered with Erie County Parks and Nichols School to supplement invasive species management along the trail between Aqua Lane and the south Grand Island bridges.  On May 29th a group of 40 seventh grade students headed out to the site to trim back a stand of Phragmites, an invasive reed grass commonly seen along roads and trailways. The group applied their knowledge of the plant’s growth habits and life cycle to the proper technique for cutting back the stalks. The project is adjacent to an Original Erie Canal Site and improvements will hopefully draw attention to this historic site. This was a successful demonstration of the ability to educate through hands-on work and volunteer activities. 

Niagara River Earth Day Cleanup

Rotary clubs in Western New York are partnering with the Niagara River Greenway Commission to help develop, promote and maintain a system of trails, parks and recreational areas of the Greenway from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

The partnership was launched on April 21, 2018 (in celebration of Earth Day) as members of several Rotary clubs joined other volunteer leaders from the Greenway Commission, the West Side Rowing Club, the State University College at Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper organization and over a hundred high school students to pick up trash and remove invasive plant species along the Greenway Trail between Porter Avenue and the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

And so it begins…. Rotary clubs and the Niagara River Greenway Commission working together to reclaim the magnificent natural resource of the Niagara River and its surrounding ecosystem for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Earth Day Clean Up - Gratwick Park 

VolunteerCorps Clean-Up at Gratwick Park in collaboration with Niagara County Central Rotary Club and Niagara-Wheatfield High School. Students from the Interact Club and Outdoors Club helped collect trash along the Greenway trail. 

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