Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

April 04, 2007

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Eileen Larrabee

New York State Parks Commissioner Announces Completion of Niagara Greenway Plan And Environmental Impact Statement

Action Marks Latest Step In Greenway Review Process

(Albany, New York, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 . . . ) Acting New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Commissioner Carol Ash today announced the completion of the Final Niagara River Greenway Plan and Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS). The Plan and FGEIS will now be available for public consideration for 30 days.

"This necessary action moves this comprehensive and public Greenway process forward," said Ash. "I thank all those individuals, organizations and municipalities that have been diligently working on advancing this Plan. I will be thoroughly reviewing this important document and will make a final determination as quickly as possible."

Following the public consideration period, the Commissioner will issue State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) findings and make a final determination on the Niagara Greenway Plan.

The Plan, prepared by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, establishes a unified vision and a set of principles for the Niagara River Greenway. It identifies the assets and resources that make up the Greenway, setting priorities that suggest the types of activities to target in the near term. It identifies potential funding sources, partnerships and linkages, and addresses key transportation issues that affect the Greenway. The Plan also discusses several high priority "Implementation Concepts" which describe system-wide approaches and strategies for Greenway development. Implementation of the Plan will result in significant beneficial impacts through the protection and restoration of natural resources.

Copies of the Plan are available for public inspection at the Niagara Greenway Commission Office at Beaver Island State Park; the following local libraries: Grand Island Memorial Library, City of Tonawanda Public Library, Kenilworth Library, Earl W. Brydges Library, Niagara Falls Public Library-Lasalle Branch, Lewiston Public Library, North Tonawanda Public Library, Ransomville Free Library, Wilson Free Library, Youngstown Free Library, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Kenmore Library; and online at: