photo of the Niagara Falls.

Niagara River Corridor: Official Ramsar Designation Ceremony

Thursday, October 3, 2019

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 a ceremony will be held designating the Niagara River Corridor as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, a global treaty supporting the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and related waters

Top of the Falls Restaurant, Niagara Falls State Park
Goat Island Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Attendance at the Designation Ceremony is free and open to the public. Registration can be done onsite on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, New York State Parks, University at Buffalo, and the Bi-national Niagara River Ramsar Steering Committee, with representatives attending from the State of New York and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

With this designation, the Niagara River Corridor becomes the 40th Ramsar site in the United States and joins more than 2,300 wetlands worldwide recognized for their rare and unique habitat, wildlife, and biological diversity. Ramsar sites are recognized as being of significant value not only for the country or the countries in which they are located, but for humanity as a whole. 

We hope you can join us in celebrating this recognition -- as well as the spectacular beauty and biodiversity of the Niagara River Corridor, the industries and businesses supported by it, the partnerships that conserve and restore our wetlands, and the education, research, and stewardship efforts that protect this remarkable ecosystem for future generations.

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Additional Info
Nomination video

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Oct. 2

  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Lunch & CLE "Learning from the Ramsar Designation of the Niagara River Corridor: Honoring the International and Local Importance of Environmental and Cultural Treasures"
Thursday, Oct. 3
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Designation Ceremony at Top of the Falls Restaurant – Goat Island (RSVP Required)
  • 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - Maid of the Mist Tour - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (RSVP Required) **
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Lunch - Brickyard Brewery, 436 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092. Organized by Niagara River Greenway Commission (RSVP Required) **
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Kayak / Bike Tour of Lower Niagara River - Organized by Niagara Outfitters.


  • Gregory D. Stevens, Niagara River Greenway Commission (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Chief Leo Henry, Tuscarora Nation
  • Paul Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls
  • Stephen D. Guertin, FWS Deputy Director for Program Management and Policy
  • Brian Higgins, U.S. Representative for New York, 26th Congressional District
  • Jajean Rose-Burney, Bi-National Niagara River Ramsar Steering Committee, Co-Chair
  • Sara Capen, Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • Mark Mistretta, New York State Parks & Abby Snyder, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Kim Diana Connolly, University at Buffalo School of Law