Published on March 13th, 2015 | by GrowWNY Intern0
Buffalo Audubon Society will remove invasive European Black Alder
The Buffalo Audubon Society is removing invasive European Black Alder from sedge meadow and marsh habitats at Buckhorn Island State Park and Beaver Island State Parks on Grand Island in early March of 2015. This project will restore high-quality habitat for birds and other wildlife, and it will protect native species and habitats in the Niagara River Important Bird Area.
“The Niagara River provides critical habitat for migratory and resident birds” says Loren Smith, Executive Director of the Buffalo Audubon Society. “Habitat at these two state parks is threatened by the rapid spread of invasive European Black Alder. Removal of this species will protect important ecosystems, it will provide high-quality habitat for birds and other wildlife, and it will provide amazing opportunities for visitors to have amazing experiences in Nature.”
“We are pleased to partner with the Buffalo Audubon Society in the restoration of habitats at these two gems of our Niagara Region State Parks System” says Mark Thomas, Director of the Western District of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “State Parks offer countless opportunities to explore the natural environment, to recharge and refresh, and to experience exciting new adventures. This project will enhance these two parks, create high-quality habitat, and improve the experiences of the many visitors to these amazing places.”
This project, funded by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, is a collaboration between the Buffalo Audubon Society and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Additional project partners include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Applied Ecological Services of Waterloo, NY and Ecology & Environment, Inc. of Lancaster, NY.
Buckhorn Island State Park is located within the core of the Niagara River Greenway. It is part of the globally significant Niagara River Important Bird Area, and is a designated Bird Conservation Area (BCA) by the New York State Department of Conservation. The park’s wetlands are designated as a Department of State Significant Coastal Habitat and as an Area of Concern Priority Habitat in the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan.
Beaver Island State Park is also located within the Niagara River Greenway and the Niagara River Important Bird Area. The project location was the site of habitat restoration work undertaken by the New York Power Authority and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 2011. The current project will ensure that these high-quality habitats continue to exist for birds and other wildlife, and for the enjoyment of nature lovers and visitors from across Western New York and around the globe.
The Buffalo Audubon Society is a not-for-profit organization that promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship.
For more information contact Loren Smith, Executive Director of the Buffalo Audubon Society at (585) 457-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.