Somerset Family Protects Lake Ontario Land Forever

Thanks to our new partnership with Ducks Unlimited, and landowners, Tom and Susan Carestia, 63 acres on Lake Ontario in the Town of Somerset are now protected forever and habitat restoration is underway. This lakefront treasure has a mixture of wetlands, farmland, shrubland, and successional and mature forest that are a haven for birds and wildlife of all kinds. In addition to protecting this land for future generations, the Carestias wanted to restore habitat there, too. Ducks Unlimited is about to begin work to restore eight acres of native grassland and five acres of emergent marsh in the southern portion of the property. The restoration will also include plants to support our declining pollinators, like butterflies, bees, and other important species. Click here to read the whole story…

The Land Conservancy is a Buffalo Spree 2017 Best of WNY Winner!

The Land Conservancy was honored to have been selected for the Best Wildlife Habitat Project Award by Buffalo Spree this year because of our work removing invasives and adding native plants in our land protection projects. Many thanks to Buffalo Spree for acknowledging the importance of native habitats and biodiversity and many thanks to all of our friends and supporters for making this work possible!

Public Presentation of Trail Plans for Owens Falls

Come join us for a presentation about the new trail system at The Owens Falls Sanctuary on Thursday, August 31st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the East Aurora Senior Center.

Nationally renowned firm, Tahawus Trails, is designing the trail system. This will be an opportunity for the community to provide thoughts on the planned walking trail system.

Staff from Tahawus will participate in the presentation and Dave Spiering, Conservation Project Manager for the Land Conservancy, will also describe landscaping practices and native plants that can be used and grown around people’s homes to improve habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.

Although there is no cost to attend, space is limited. Attendees are asked to register online by August 28th at or by calling the Land Conservancy offices at (716) 687-1225.

Work complete at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve

The Land Conservancy received a grant from the Yahoo Community Benefit Fund and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to restore rare plant communities at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport. This grant allowed us to do one of the first controlled grassland burns and the first large-scale woodland ephemeral restoration project in our region.

This important work protects and strengthens the remarkable ecosystems found on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve so that future generations can continue to explore the unique places that Western New York has to offer.

Did you know…
The Niagara Escarpment Preserve is home to a native fruit tree called the Pawpaw? The Pawpaw has the largest fruit of any tree native to the eastern US, but is now uncommon because its seed distributors were large animals—like mastodon—that are now extinct. The Pawpaw was also planted for its fruit by our region’s indigenous people. Through this grant, we added more Pawpaw to the preserve to ensure their long-term survival.

Upcoming hike at Owens Falls Sanctuary

On Saturday, August 19th from 11 am–1 pm, Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Land Conservancy will be holding a guided nature walk at The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. Its beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. Click here to register at