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LOCKPORT – The Common Council agreed Wednesday to allow the Western New York Land Conservancy to have access to the city’s composting plant as part of its Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project.

The conservancy is seeking unusual species of plants and animals along the escarpment, a natural ridge that bisects Niagara County from west to east and includes the bluff over which the waters of Niagara Falls flow.

The composting plant is built just below the escarpment, and Council President Anne McCaffrey said the conservancy had asked for a chance to examine the soil around the plant for a couple of days later this year.

The Council also suggested Outwater Park, the Lockport Town and Country Club and Cold Spring Cemetery as other places of interest along the escarpment that the conservancy’s efforts might be used to protect.