Restore Corps

Are you interested in

planting trees and shrubs,

collecting native seeds for propagation,

or for invasive species management?

YES! Restore Corps is the program for you!

 NEXT RestoreCorps EVENTS:


 Contact Wendy Paterson or (716) 852-7483 ext 26.

 Current RestoreCorps Projects:

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Gill Creek Project?

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Gill Creek Restoration!

The Gill Creek Restoration project is a U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funded project that utilizes citizen volunteers to plant over 1,000 trees and shrubs over a 3 year period along Gill Creek. Currently Gill Creek’s ability to support aquatic life and its overall attractiveness as a recreation destination has been impeded by a history of pollution from industrial sources, storm water runoff and other causes. Through this project, the water quality and aesthetic beauty of Gill Creek will be restored while enhancing the creek’s recreational uses.

The planting of native trees and shrubs will provide a riparian zone, or a vegetative buffer along the creek’s shoreline. Riparian zones are narrow strips of land that border creeks, rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water and consist of native grasses, trees and shrubs. Once planted, the new trees and shrubs will act as a filter to remove some litter and pollutants before they reach the creek. In addition, plant root systems will strengthen the shorelines and make them less susceptible to erosion. The vegetation planted along Gill Creek will also improve the fish population and their overall health by delivering shade that will help provide a suitable water temperature. The new vegetation will increase food sources as well as valuable habitats for fish to live or spawn. Riparian zones create landscapes that are more biodiverse, healthy, eye pleasing and that will grow stronger and more resilient as time progresses.

The Gill Creek Restoration project offers volunteers a direct way to help improve the well-being of their communities and local watershed. There will be two plantings held in the spring and fall of each year over the course of the next three years. Volunteer help is needed to plant a mixture of native trees and shrubs.

If you would like to submit a comment anonymously about the project click the button below. We appreciate your feedback!

RiverBend Habitat Restoration!

RiverBend Phase I Habitat Restoration –  Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER is excited to welcome volunteers to our Buffalo River RiverBend Phase I site at 1140 South Park Avenue. The riparian buffer and habitat restoration construction at RiverBend Phase I has been completed and Waterkeeper is currently managing the invasive species and nuisance weeds on the site.

In Fall 2017, Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER will be removing invasive plant species to protect our restoration project at the RiverBend Phase I site. In an effort to make this section of Buffalo River shoreline a healthier, and more diverse environment, we will be removing invasive plants like knapweed, mugwort and nuisance weeds such as burdock. By maintaining a healthy living shoreline, the water quality of the river is protected, fish and wildlife habitats are improved, and erosion is slowed.

Volunteers will be trained to identify the invasive and nuisance plants and to reseed the area with native grasses.


Questions? Contact Wendy Paterson or (716) 852-7483 ext 26.

Thank you RestoreCorps volunteers for making past field seasons a success!

Native Niagara Project Events – in the past Waterkeeper collected seeds and seedlings from local populations of native tree and shrub species to propagate and reintroduce to restoration sites in the Niagara River watershed. Durring the harvest season, the WNY community assisted us by joining us in the field at a number of different locations to collect seeds as they become available.

We contact our volunteers for RestoreCorps events as they become available, so sign up using the form below if you’d like to volunteer!