The Canal Corporation is in the middle of a plan to clear more than 100 acres of woods. Activists and people who live along the Erie Canal are demanding a stop to the cutting of trees along the canal. Community members rallied at the Ayrault Road launch in Perinton Sunday to say "no further.”

Activists and people who live along the Erie Canal are demanding a stop to the cutting of trees along the canal.

The Canal Corporation is in the middle of a plan to clear more than 100 acres of woods.

Community members rallied at the Ayrault Road launch in Perinton Sunday to say "no further.”

Clearing down these trees will help protect the embankment and stop flooding, according to the Canal Corporation.

However, when you ask the people who live nearby, they think the best way to protect the canal is to leave it alone

People are opposing the clear cutting of trees along the Erie Canal, which is already underway.

It would take down trees at 56 locations covering 145 acres, something Bill Smith, the Pittsford Town Supervisor, simply thinks isn't necessary

"We need to talk to them much more intensely before we are satisfied with anything they’re proposing to do,” Smith said.

Members of the Rochester Regional Sierra Club agree.

"Cutting all the trees down and the shrubs along the bank and totally replace it with grass, people won’t experience the variety of wildlife here now,” said Peter Debes of the Rochester Regional Sierra Club.

Supporters have been tying ribbons on the trees they are trying to save.

Officials from the Canal Corporation said they've looked into the environmental impact of the two million dollar project and don't see any red flags.

But those rallying want to protect the canal from any change

"We’re here to ask them to stop cutting for now so we can have a broader public discussion about the best way to manage this embankment,” said Ginny Maier of Fairport.

There will be further discussion.

The Canal Corporation tells us it is planning a public meeting in January for people to ask questions and talk about the project.

It will be the fourth meeting they have held to continue dialogue with the community.

In addition the Pittsford and Perinton Town Supervisors will have a joint meeting on Monday the 18th for all to attend. That will be held at the Pittsford Community Library at 6 p.m.