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Plan for clear cutting trees on Erie Canal Berms PUBLIC MEETING
November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Proposed Plan for Clear cutting trees from earthen berms of the Erie Canal: PUBLIC MEETING Monday, November 20, 2017 6pm: Open House Format; in the clubhouse of The Reserve on the Erie Canal, at 1 Reserve View Blvd., Brighton.
The NYS Canal Corporation is planning to clear cut trees and grind out stumps and replace with mowed grass to stabilize the earthen berms along the sections of the Erie Canal where the canal is above grade and walled by earthen berms. Reason: According to FEMA, woody roots destabilize earthen dams/berms and make it more likely to leak, burst or fail in very wet, heavy rain conditions. Recall 1972 Bushnell’s Basin canal breach during very wet season.
This activity will remove big areas of wooded & diverse wildlife habitat and be boring, hot, sunny and exposed, with the increased expense and pollutants of mowing a boring grass lawn instead of a beautify canopy of trees sequestering excess carbon from the atmosphere and creating a long wildlife migration corridor along the canal unless a possible alternate plan can be adopted, such as: to replace the trees with diverse native plants to intentionally create a native grassy meadow habitat home to bluebird, butterfly and other wildlife populations that can be mowed just once a year or two to prevent woody plants from taking over.