July 2013 - Pollinator Pathway Project - Vacant Lot Restoration for Urban Wildlife Vacant Lot 1 - 1617 Tenth Street, Niagara Falls, NY
Project Scope:  Re-creation of an eastern deciduous forest plant community (Trees of the Carolinia Forest) for birds, butterflies, and pollinators.  An intentional, human activity that initiates [a] the recreation of a rare oak-hickory ecosustem found within the Niagara River Gorge and Rim, [b] integrity, [c] sustainability, [d] wildlife habitat.  Urban beautification in a challenged neighbrohood using indigenous native plants.  Create a wildlife habitat trail.
Objectives:  Enhance persoonal knowledge of how a woodland ecosystem works.  Advance personal knowledge of ecological restoration practices.  Jumpstart a natural process as a means to ecological awarness and personal education.  Use a young methodology based on the emerging science of restoration ecology.  On going monitoring [invasive plants].  Create habitat for birds, butterflies, pollinators and other urban wildlife.  Use locally sourced, native plants.  Obtain Wildlife Habitat Certification, Pollinator Habitat Certification, Bird Habitat Certification, Habitat Hero Certification.  A Master Naturalist and Natural Areas Community Project.
Project Timeline 2011 Land purchased - 1617 and 1923 Tenth Street Niagara Falls Application for Niagara River Greenway Statement of Consistency - Awarded Application for Greenway Funds - Ecological Standing Committee - Incomplete. The National Directors and Executive Oficers terminated Of Wild Ones Native Plants, Natural Landscapers terminated the Niagara Falls and River Region Chapter of which I founded and was president.
2012 Site surveyed - Tree Identification Fence installed - Goal: Eliminatior of trash accumulation, addition of a recognizable urban design element Partners: Niagara Boundry Fox Fence
2013 Deisgn, Plant Consultation, Site Preparation, Installation Planted native trees and shrubs Partners: Cornell Plantations - Robert Wesley, Nikki Cerra Verbinnens Nursery - Peter Verbinnens Horticulture Associates - David McGowen Blooms Relax Landscaping - Eric Bloom