The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper restored 14 acres of floodplain forest and riparian wetland in an oxbow on Buffalo Creek. Hydrologic and habitat restoration on this land served as a demonstration project and catalyst for protecting and restoring other natural areas along Buffalo River tributaries. Final products included reduced spread of invasive plant species into the upper watershed, an owners manual, a “Know Your Backyard” booklet on local waters, flora and fauna, and two series of workshops and trainings. The first series of 4 workshops was on Great Lakes/Buffalo River tributary stewardship for West Seneca town officials tailored to needs identified in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan and in the new state stormwater regulations, while the second was a series of 4-5 “Riverwatch” trainings for individuals and property owners in the town.
West Seneca, NY