NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Work will soon begin in Niagara Falls to "Restore the Gorge," announced Governor Cuomo on Monday.

Starting this month, the Western New York Land Conservancy will begin a two-year project to control invasive species in the gorge, and plant native species like trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.

Cuomo says the $2.1 million ecological restoration project is supported by State funding, including Buffalo Billion Phase II, and will complement the $70 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park and other investments to improve tourism in the Falls.

The addition of the Buffalo Billion Phase II funds will allow the Land Conservancy to restore an additional 125 acres within the gorge, compared to just 33 acres previously. They hope to "transform the ecological health" of the gorge and "enhance the visitors' experience."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "The Governor's unprecedented commitment to this project builds on the State's multi-million dollar investments to promote Niagara Falls as a world-class tourist destination."

To find out more about "Restore the Gorge," you can visit the WNY Land Conservancy's page here.