Protected Forever: The Owens Falls Sanctuary

The Land Conservancy is now the official owner of The Owens Falls Sanctuary! Thank you for all you’ve done this year to save this incredible place. By protecting places like Owens Falls all of nature’s benefits, like clean air and water, are safeguarded for humankind and wildlife alike. We owe the success of this project to you!

However, the preserve is not yet open to the public. We still have a lot to do, including developing a trail system and determining where visitors will park their vehicles and enter the property. We know you’re excited to visit, but we appreciate your patience as we work to open the preserve. In the meantime, please check our events web page and future email blasts for guided tours of the property!

A New Project in the Niagara Gorge 

We just received word that we will be able to restore wildlife habitat in the Niagara Gorge starting next year. The Gorge is one of the most important places in the world for plants and animals and this is our chance to help restore this natural wonder.

The Greenway Ecological Standing Committee has agreed to fund the project, which will include wildlife habitat restoration work, invasive species removal, and adding native plants. We will bring in landscape designers Darrell Morrison and Nancy Aten, who designed the Stella Niagara Preserve, create a new grassland overlooking the gorge. Stay tuned for updates in the coming year…

Our Fall Newsletter is out now!

A new fall edition of The Resource is hot off the presses and is on its way to our members right now! Inside this edition, you’ll find updates on work at our nature preserves as well as news about protecting working farms. You can also get a sneak preview of the work we are planning for the coming year…

You can read the full newsletter on our website.

Want a paper copy? Become a Land Conservancy member and you’ll get The Resource in the mail!

Stella Updates

In spite of this year’s record-breaking drought, we have made great progress at Stella this year. The preserve’s new native trees–oaks, white pines, red cedars, and birches–have all been planted. We also planted hundreds of native shrubs and have seeded native grasses and wildflowers. While we still have much work to do next year, come springtime, we hope to see the preserve’s design start to come to life!

At the top of the preserve, the garden around the statue of St. Michael has been getting some special attention. Many volunteers have been hard at work preparing the garden for winter. The non-native plants, like English ivy and yucca, have been removed from the garden and the soil has been turned and mulched. This garden will be transformed into a showpiece of native plant beauty and will feature stunning flowers that will be found throughout the preserve once the restoration work is complete. The preserve will be open throughout the winter, so feel free to come and explore Stella all year round!

Voters Choose Conservation at the Polls

From the Land Trust Alliance

This year’s election once again proved that Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love and are even willing to tax themselves to protect those places. This week, America’s land trusts led and contributed to campaigns that succeeded in passing 12 state and local land conservation ballot measures, creating nearly $1.5 billion in new land protection funding across the nation.

Read the rest of this uplifting article…

Tonawanda Tomorrow

We know many of you live, work, and play in Tonawanda, so we wanted to share some information about a project that’s going on there right now, called Tonawanda Tomorrow, and is looking for your ideas about how to make Tonawanda a better place. The effort is focused on creating good-paying jobs, preparing residents and workers for those jobs, and reinvesting in the community to preserve what makes Tonawanda a great place to live, work, and play!

We encourage you to participate in the Tonawanda Tomorrow survey to share your thoughts and ideas. They are accepting responses until November 30th. Visit their website to find out more about Tonawanda Tomorrow.