State Canal Corp. postpones vegetation plan pending public meetings

The New York State Canal Corporation says it will delay plans to cut down trees and other natural growth along sections of the Erie Canal until it has heard from concerned members of the public.

The corporation’s vegetation management plan had called for the removal of vegetation to help strengthen canal embankments in parts of Monroe and Orleans Counties.

The program drew controversy, and at a public meeting Monday, Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith announced the corporation had delayed plans to remove vegetation in the area of Pittsford, Perinton and Brighton until February so that they could publicly address the reasons for the program.

“(The corporation’s) representative expressed a willingness to talk about compromise in what they want to do, so that if we cannot persuade them to drop the plan altogether, if they proceed to with this policy, they are open to the idea of doing it in a less radical manner than what is being proposed now,” said Smith.

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