Reasons for Removing the
Entire Robert Moses, Niagara Falls to Lewiston
Vehicular traffic would no longer
intrude in the geographically unique gorge top and gorge vicinity.
Its absence would help to protect
the ancient cliff face botanicals as discussed in the Sept/Oct 1999 American Scientist.
Available online at Cliffs as Natural
Its absence would also help to
ensure the healthy existence and extension of the old growth forest and understory plants
at DeVeaux. See DeVeaux Woods on NFWHC website under "Parks, Refuges and Observation
Pavement removal would create an
excellent site for rich topsoil creation from the spreading of yard waste: leaves,
woodchips, lawn clippings, and so on, from the entire county. This would greatly reduce
tipping fees for communities and prolong the usefulness of our landfills. (CWM estimates
20% of refuse collection is yard waste.)
The restored landscape would add
hundreds of acres to critical wildlife habitat, the Niagara River Corridor, designated a
Global Level Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, vital to migrating birds. (Ninety
species of American songbirds are in decline, Audubon reports; the majority of the
reclaimed landscape should be native trees and long grass, wildflower meadow as opposed to
Students, environmental groups,
and others interested in ecology--botany, horticulture, forestry, zoology--would have the
opportunity to both observe and participate in this years-long reclamation.
The creation of hiking and biking
trails in such urban proximity would be an exciting feature for residents and visitors.
Ecotourism is the fastest growing aspect of the industry.
The sheer size of this project,
perhaps the largest in our region since the Power Project itself, would excite naturalists
worldwide. Media coverage would be worldwide--and would encourage many to visit, to hike
the trail and to witness this historic reclamation firsthand.
world should be
built for foot
Kerouac, from "Bus