Landowners, volunteers can help with planting projects along water

planting along water Buffalo NiagaraVolunteers, as well as people who own land along the Niagara River, Buffalo River or creeks, are needed for planting projects to restore the habitat along the water’s edge.

The projects are part of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Habitat Restoration Program and Restore Corps.


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


2 Comments on “Landowners, volunteers can help with planting projects along water

  1. In April 2010 I sent in an application in behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, NY for consideration of the Habitat Restoration Program assistance. Our property is located on the Niagara river and seemed to meet all the requirements for a grant. Not hearing any reply I sent a follow-up email to Zeb Strickland on Sept.16, 2010. I truly hope I will get some responce from this note, since we would like to restore the river bank on the Church owned property. Thank you, Paul Inskeep Sec’r for the Church business comm.

  2. Paul,
    I wonder what happened. I’ll forward your comment to the person from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper who sent me the press release. Thanks for your comment.

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