Happy January 96th! Welcome to our never-ending winter…

DL&W Open House – A Wonderful Success!

In downtown Buffalo, the abandoned DL&W rail corridor connects Canalside to the Buffalo River near Solar City. It forms a ribbon of green that runs through The Valley, The First Ward, and the Perry neighborhoods. For the past eight months, the Land Conservancy has been leading a community engagement process to spark conversation about the future of this corridor. The community’s vision is emerging, and the goal is to create a mile-and-a-half long trail system for walking and biking. It will celebrate our industrial and railroad heritage and create a place that connects people with nature and with one another.

We held an Open House at Larkin at Exchange on March 21 with a turnout of more than 175 people and got lots of great feedback about our draft vision plan.

To see photos from the event, as well as the presentation slides, and a very cool drone video of the corridor, visit our website by clicking below.

Click here to see more about the Open House

Join Us for a Special Presentation about the DL&W Trail

We invite you to join national experts and local community leaders for an inspiring discussion about reimagining the abandoned DL&W rail corridor in downtown Buffalo. Attendees will help shape the future of this iconic and innovative urban nature trail and park. This event is part of Goldfarb Financial’s “Money Talks” series and will take place from 6-8pm on Tuesday, April 17th at the historic Saturn Club in Buffalo. Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine provided by Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and hors d’oeuvres.

These presentations will bring together ideas and lessons learned from similar high-profile projects around the country with the hopes and aspirations of people living in the communities surrounding the corridor. Speakers will include: Tom Woiwode, Director of the GreenWays Initiative for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; Steve Apfelbaum, author and the founder of environmental design firm, Applied Ecological Services; Sara Heidinger, owner of Undergrounds Café on South Park Avenue and President of the Old First Ward Community Center; and Leslie Zemsky, the “Director of Fun” for Larkin Development Group.

The event is free and open to everyone, but space is limited so attendees must RSVP by Friday, April 13th.

Click here to RSVP for the Saturn Club presentation

 

Creature Feature

In late March, a friend of the Land Conservancy sent us this adorable picture of two river otters he saw at Buckhorn Island State Park on Woods Creek (left). Then a few days later we were told by an employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that otter and mink scat were observed at our Brown’s Marsh Preserve in Wellsville, NY.

Long live these semiaquatic mammals!

 

Save the Date!

Our annual Gala will take place on Thursday, September 20th in the gorgeous ballrooms of the Hotel Lafayette.

Join us from 6-9 PM for a reception with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar with beer, wine, and cocktails. The reception will be followed by a fabulous dinner and dessert.

After dinner, we will honor several exceptional Land Conservancy supporters, including: Ethan Winter as The Henry J. Kreher Conservation Awardee; Kevin O’Gorman as the Volunteer of the Year; and Robert Kresse, Paul Leuchner, and the Gallogly Family Foundation as Guests of Honor. Be sure to mark your calendar!