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'Tree-of-Heaven' and other non-native species to be removed from Niagara Gorge

If the Niagara Gorge is going to return to the pristine natural wonder it once was, then there's no room for the Tree-of-Heaven and other invasive trees, state officials say.

The trees will be targeted for removal from up to 242 acres along the Niagara Gorge as part of a restoration project by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Plans call for removing trees and vegetation that don't belong and planting native species that do along the gorge near Whirlpool and Devil's Hole state parks.

The Tree-of-Heaven is a Chinese sumac. Other trees to be eliminated are Norway maples, common buckthorn, bush honeysuckles and other non-native plants.

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The land conservancy plans to unveil locations, goals, strategy and drawings at an unveiling event at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13 at the Niagara Falls Public Central Library.

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