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Maple, sycamore and oaks to restore Old Bailey Woods site

One of the last lowland floodplain forests along the Buffalo River is about to get more forested.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's habitat restoration project at Old Bailey Woods calls for dozens of new trees to be planted at the site of more than three acres, on a riverbank where Cazenovia Creek meets the Buffalo River, off Bailey Avenue. Varieties to be planted include red maple, shagbark hickory, sycamore, black walnut, poplar, white oak and others.

Habitat improvements will also be made along about 800 feet of shoreline. Various shrubs as well as native planting, in and out of the river, were called for in plans.

The property is owned by the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency on two separate parcels.

It marks Riverkeeper's last scheduled restoration project on the Buffalo River to be put out to bid. Other projects have included shoreline habitat improvements along Ohio Street.

Bids are due to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper next month.

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