If you own land on the Niagara River, Buffalo River or a creek that is a tributary of those rivers, you probably appreciate your access to the water and want to help protect our streams. But what steps should you take?
The Habitat Restoration Program of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper provides technical expertise. It coordinates with urban and suburban landowners to develop forest buffers or other habitat features such as rain gardens, small-scale soft shoreline stabilization, meadows and wetlands on their property.
When you have an agreement with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, they will provide the technical knowledge and on-the-ground installation of the project.
To qualify, your property must be located along a waterfront on the BuffaloRiver, Niagara River or a tributary (stream or creek) that encompass the Greenway. You can find a map of the Greenway at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper site, along with more information.
The RestoreCorps is a group of volunteers who restore local waterfront habitats by planting native trees, grasses and shrubs; removing invasive species; building rain gardens, and stabilizing the shoreline. These activities all help to clean up our waterways and enhance wildlife habitats.
RestoreCorps volunteers will work at 16 different waterfront locations throughout Buffalo Niagara between April and November. You will have the chance to meet new like-minded people, get some exercise and get outdoors, all while making a positive impact on your community and your waterways!
No experience is necessary; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will teach you everything you need to know on the day. They will furnish all tools and materials.
Go to the RestoreCorps page to get more details.
To get involved, please call Emily McAndrews (716) 852-7483, ext. 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.