Building Capacity to Conserve Wetlands near the Buffalo River
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Town of West Seneca, Erie County, NY

The Town of West Seneca and partners are implementing a habitat restoration plan for the 30-acre oxbow wetland on Buffalo Creek, approximately 10 miles upstream of the river’s mouth at Lake Erie, and strengthen its capacity to manage its Buffalo River tributary corridors.  The project goals involve:  1) reducing invasive species to less than 1% of the area of the town-owned portion of the wetland; 2) increasing native plant communities to cover 70% of the site through planting and propagation of native vegetation; and 3) developing a pool of trained volunteers for ongoing site restoration and monitoring.  This work is improving habitat in the Buffalo River Area of Concern and benefit many species of conservation concern, including snapping turtle and redheaded woodpecker.

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