Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Robert Moses Gorge Parkway - How Many Cited Resources Are Required For Removal?

I, a Main Street Business and Professional Association board member, am attending a noon Slaughter visit to Main Street re: road resurfacing.

For the NREC meeting today:

In addition to the resource cited below, how many carefully researched resources must be systematically provided in order to preserve one of Niagara's and western NY's greatest natural assets: the Niagara Gorge?

We have provided reams of information that has been and continues to be ignored by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, NY State Parks, local Niagara Co. municipalities and government officials, and state officials, commissions and authorities.

Here's another one documenting the Niagara Heritage Partnership's proposal for total 4 lane Robert Moses Gorge Parkway removal and the subsequent reclamation and restoration of the gorge rim, PLUS it advocates for the prevention any other "Riverside" road constructed in its place.

Chapter 5, page 82, middle column,

"Corridors, which are described as man-made or natural linear strips of land connecting two habitat types, can be an effective means of providing connectivity. Examples of natural corridors include river and stream corridors and can include unpaved trails and right-of-ways."

..."the most most effective buffers contain undeveloped land with native vegetation. Uses of these areas are often limited to passive activities that are compatible with conservation objectives." ...For example, a minimum of 80 feet may help in removing pollutants from run-off.

.... Land buffers as large as 535 feet may be needed to protect the long-term health of an eco-system." [Note: The Niagara Gorge is botanically unique.]
(3rd column, same chapter and page)


Based on that particular document and the research NHP and others have undertaken,

I am respectfully requesting the NREC members address and implement a formal position on the NHP proposal, removal of the Robert Moses Gorge Parkway, the subsequent reclamation and restoration of the gorge rim, and the prevention any other "Riverside" road constructed in its place, through a passed resolution and

a written, formal position on the Greenway's on-going and consistent failure to address the NHP Proposal for road removal as the NHP proposal meets and exceeds all of the Niagara River Greenway's eleven guiding principles, including economic development though eco, geo, and creative tourism. All new concepts being successfully and progressively implemented in the US.

Based on the precedent created by the Niagara River Greenway Commission in granting funds for the "Lewiston Scenic Trail," we will be emulating and walking in Mr. Newlin's blazed path with our own request for consistency and funds through NREC funds, Greenway Ecological funds and Greenway funds, for "a study and the means" to hire experts to support and implement the NHP proposal.

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