Restore the natural beauty of the falls
Everybody's Column, Buffalo News, 8 March 1998
Recently, the Niagara Heritage Partnership put forth a proposal to remove several miles
of the Robert Moses Parkway between the Schoellkopf Museum and Lewiston and to restore the
natural landscape of the gorge top.
I am writing in support of this plan, which is the best idea I have yet heard for the
future of the Niagara Falls area.
Having spent a lifetime in Western New York boating the river, hiking the gorge and
visiting the falls, I have witnessed both the wonderful natural power of this area and the
tragedy of its poorly planned development.
Over the past century, we have allowed one of the worlds most awe-inspiring
places to be defaced by miles of pavement and gaudy commercialism.
The partnerships plan focuses on the true gem of this region--the natural beauty
of the Niagara River and its gorge.
Restoration, including removal of the parkway and replanting of native trees and
shrubs, would provide critical habitat for wildlife.
Human visitors would find an unparalleled experience: seeing the gorge top as it
existed before the destruction of its native plants and wildlife.
This plan offers an opportunity to embrace a new era in the history of Niagara and to
correct some of the errors in judgment that led to the overdevelopment of the area.
To those of us who truly appreciate the natural and historical value of the gorge, and
its significance to Western New York, this is a plan whose time has come.
Robbyn Drake, Amherst