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Land Conservancy burns off grass at Lockport preservation site

LOCKPORT - The Western New York Land Conservancy announced Wednesday that it has carried out a successful burning of grassland at its Niagara Escarpment Preserve off Leete Road in the Town of Lockport.

Wrights Corners and Olcott volunteer firefighters stood by Nov. 7 as a 10-acre grassland was burned off, under a plan created by Applied Ecological Services and approved by the Forestry Division of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The conservancy said occasional burning helps preserve grasslands by destroying invasive species, preventing the spread of trees and shrubs, and increasing nutrients in the soil.

The 10 acres will be reseeded with wildflowers native to Niagara County, including asters, bee balm, anemones, lobelia and turtlehead. A grant from the Yahoo Community Benefit Fund and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will pay for the reseeding.



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