WNY Land Conservatory to restore Niagara Gorge

Posted at 8:06 AM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 08:06:49-05

The Western New York Land Conservatory will begin ecological restoration work at the Niagara Gorge.

The organization announced Tuesday it secured nearly $1 million for the "Restore the Gorge" project.

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.

The Land Conservancy will work with Applied Ecological Services to remove harmful invasive plants and replace them with beneficial natives plants

The Land Conservancy will also bring in botanical experts and famed landscape designers Darrel Morrison and Nancy Aten to create a small native grassland along the rim of the gorge. 

Seeds of local grasses and wildflowers will be collected for planting at the grassland site. 

"The native grassland will showcase for visitors ways that they can improve the health of our region right in their own yards and communities," said Nancy Smith, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy.

The Land Conservancy is also planning to add interpretive signage and provide educational programming at the site to enhance visitors' understanding of and appreciation for this unique place and the plants and animals that call it home.