$10K donated to expand trail, make it more accessible at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2022 at 9:47 am

BASOM — A company in Niagara County announced it is giving a $10,000 grant to the Friends of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge to expand a trail near the refuge’s visitor center and to make the trail more handicapped accessible.

Bob Confer, president of Confer Plastics in North Tonawanda, said the company wants to assist a great team of volunteers at the refuge who are committed to making the site inclusive for outdoor adventures for everybody. He cited the example of the boardwalk at Swallow Hallow.

The $10,000 grant will help the Friends of the Refuge in a project that includes an expanded trail, interpretive signage, trail markers, ADA-compliant benches and other ways to make the trail more handicap-accessible.

“We look at this as a wise investment in a great natural public asset, an investment that will help everyone enjoy the outdoors and savor our natural world,” Confer said in announcing the grant. “We are thankful for the good people of the (Friends of the Refuge) and what they do, and we appreciate being able to help them advance their goals of making the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge a world-class destination.”