Restoring The Niagara Gorge

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Gorge is one of the oldest and most spectacular natural landscapes in Western New York. It is a wilderness in the midst of urban sprawl, and the influence of man has caused significant changes to its ecology. Chief among these has been the introduction of invasive plants which are a threat to native plants and wildlife.

    “They degrade wildlife habitat,” explains David Spiering, Conservation Project Manager of the WNY Land Conservancy. “They degrade ecosystem function, like nutrient cycling and carbon uptake and how they purify water before it gets into the rivers and waterways, and they really don’t support that native biodiversity that native plants support.”

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