An additional $950,000 in state Greenway Ecological Fund grants will be used to combat invasive plant species and cultivate native plants in the Niagara Gorge, along the rim in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.
The project, which Cuomo said is progressing to the second phase, complements a $70 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park and other strategic state investments aimed at strengthening the tourism industry in downtown Niagara Falls.
"Niagara Falls is a natural wonder in our own backyard, but the less known Niagara Gorge area is a unique destination that must be protected," Cuomo said in a statement.
The Western New York Land Conservancy has been leading the initial phase of the project, which is aimed at enhancing the natural habitat on 37 acres along the gorge with $1 million in funding from the New York Power Authority by way of the Niagara Greenway and the Ecological Standing Committee.