For volunteers interested in planting trees and shrubs, collecting native seeds for propagation, or for invasive species management, Restore Corps is the program for them!


Tuesday October 10th at 4:30pm and Saturday November 4th at 12:00pm

Registration for the events will be posted in September.


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


New Restore Corps Project: 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!

Gill Creek Comment Form



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


Riverkeeper was provided assistance by volunteers on two related projects; the Native Niagara project, and the RiverBend Phase I habitat restoration project.

Native Niagara Project Events – Riverkeeper is collecting seeds and seedlings from local populations of native tree and shrub species to propagate and reintroduce to restoration sites in the Niagara River watershed. As the harvest season comes to the region, we would like to reach out to our community to assist us by joining us in the field at a number of different locations to collect seeds as they become available.

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

We welcome your help! Join RestoreCorps, and provide vital stewardship to the establishment of the habitat at RiverBend Phase I by uprooting invasive species and spreading soil and mulch around the planted trees and shrubs. By removing weeds and spreading mulch, volunteers have the opportunity to help new plants and trees survive and thrive along our shorelines.  We contact our volunteers for RestoreCorps events as they become available, so sign up using the button below if you’d like to volunteer!

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Questions?  Contact Wendy Paterson, Community Liaison, at or (716) 852-7483 ext 26.