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Coming up: Wildflower Walk, Arbor Day, and Earth Day

Spring Wildflower Walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve
Have you ever seen a forest floor completely blanketed in wildflowers? Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of the Niagara Escarpment Preserve while our spring ephemeral wildflowers are in bloom!

On Sunday, April 30 from 10am to noon, environmental scientist Erin Redding and botanist Ed Fuchs will lead a tour of the 36-acre preserve on the Niagara Escarpment, a unique geological formation and home to dense patches of stunning woodland plants! The hike is almost full, so sign up today!


Arbor Day Celebration at East Aurora High School
Arbor Day will be celebrated the day before Earth Day – April 21st starting at 2PM at East Aurora High School. Students from Mr. Jeff Shelley’s Environmental Science class will present papers and plant apple trees near an area where senior class is donating benches for an “outdoor classroom.”

This is the 19th year the Village of East Aurora is receiving the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation!

The Homeowners Guide to Tree Care in East Aurora
Do you know the right way to prune the trees in your yard? Or what time of year you should do it? Find out this and more at a free seminar for homeowners about proper tree care hosted by the East Aurora Village Tree Board.

The seminar will take place in the Community Room of the East Aurora Library on Saturday, April 22 from 10AM to 12PM.

Featured speakers will include Rex and Jared Webber who are Certified Arborists, owners of Bradley Tree, and consultants to the Village of East Aurora.

A big night for salamanders, a living shoreline, and more…

A Big Night for Salamanders

At 7 pm on Thursday, February 23rd, the Land Conservancy is hosting a special talk with Twan Leenders, President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and expert herpetologist at Grand Island Town Hall. Each spring, salamanders have a “big night” where they all—that’s right, all of them at once—come out of their forest homes and migrate back to the seasonal woodland pools where they were born. They breed at these same pools. Come find out more about these quiet but amazing creatures and how we can help with their survival. The presentation is free to the public, but registration is requested: https://abignightforsalamanders.eventbrite.com

Living Shorelines at the Stella Niagara Preserve
This year, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is working with us to do something very special at the Stella Niagara Preserve. They received a grant from Empire State Development’s Yahoo Community Fund to create a living shoreline at the landing. Together, we will be adding aquatic native plants and creating new habitat for fish, frogs, and turtles. We will also create a space for kayak access, which will make it easier for visitors to launch from Stella.

Come with us to the Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium
The 9th Annual Native Landscape Symposium is scheduled for March 10th and 11th in Ithaca, NY. This year’s theme is Landscape Fundamentals in a Changing World and presentations will focus on the role of native species in our landscapes, and how native plants, birds, pollinators, landscapes and environments are doing in our dynamic and rapidly changing world. Many of our staff and our members have […]

Restore the Gorge, fundraising updates, and more…

Did you see the article about our “Restore the Gorge” project on the cover of The Buffalo News last week?

This will be one of the most significant projects in the Land Conservancy’s history – a nearly $1 million effort to restore the forests of the Niagara Gorge. The gorge is not only part of one of the earth’s natural wonders and an international tourist attraction, it is incredibly ecologically diverse. Unfortunately, invasive plant species have been harming the gorge and its native plants and wildlife. The “Restore the Gorge” project will remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. The project was also mentioned as a priority by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State Address at UB this past week!

We couldn’t have gotten here without the support of the Niagara River Greenway and the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee who are funding this project. The NYS Environmental Protection Fund and the Land Trust Alliance helped spur our conservation work along the Niagara River, as well as New York’s newly adopted Open Space Plan has helped guide this work.

Read the article in The Buffalo News to find out more!


A Very Happy New Year

For the Land Conservancy’s Year End Appeal, a few generous donors offered a $15,000 challenge gift. Your donations raised $17,500 to match their generosity! We are so grateful to everyone who contributed. You will ensure that amazing places are protected and restored in 2017.


New Member Drive Update

During the 2016 New Member Drive, we set a goal of 100 new members. I’m pleased to […]

As 2016 comes to a close…

Watch this video of all we’ve done together!

As 2016 come to a close, I want to thank you for leading the way on conservation in Western New York. You accomplished so much this year. I would like to share a short video that shows how much you mean to us at the Land Conservancy, and how much you mean to our region.

Click here to enjoy this video 

You can continue your commitment to conservation by donating to the Land Conservancy. If you donate before December 31, your contribution will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous $15,000 challenge gift. If you have already donated, thank you!

– Nancy Smith, Executive Director

Happy Thanksgiving!

You make conservation happen in Western New York and we couldn’t be more grateful.

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The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Fall Newsletter, Tonawanda Tomorrow, and more!

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 […]

Special Member Price for Voice & Viola


Special Member price – $50 for Voice & Viola at Kenneglenn

This Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

There are still a few tickets left for Voice & Viola, a celebration of autumn color in music, poetry, and nature presented by poet Robert M. Giannetti and violist Leslie Bahler.

We are pleased to offer a special ticket price for Land Conservancy members, $50 each. This talented duo pairs music from folk and classical traditions with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s enchanting autumn setting. Attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Please purchase your tickets by Wednesday, October 19. All proceeds will support the work of the Land Conservancy. Buy your tickets today!

Voice & Viola Event at Kenneglenn, New Rail Trail Opening, and more!

Voice & Viola at Kenneglenn

Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Join us for a celebration of autumn color in music, poetry, and nature presented by poet Robert M. Giannetti and violist Leslie Bahler. This talented duo pairs music from folk and classical traditions with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s enchanting autumn setting. Attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. If weather permits, this will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds will support the work of the Land Conservancy. Buy your tickets today.

Grand Opening for Springville Rail Trail on October 5th

Our friends at the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail invite you to the grand opening of the Springville section of the trail on October 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet at the trailhead across from the historic train depot in Springville. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Success at our 25th Anniversary Gala

On Wednesday, September 21st, more than 275 people gathered at Statler City in downtown Buffalo to celebrate our 25th Anniversary at the Land Conservancy’s Gala. Led by celebrity emcee Steve Tasker, attendees enjoyed live gypsy jazz music, watched some of our most dedicated members–Kathy Lasher and Joanne Schlegel–receive awards, honored Gerry Rising for his inspirational nature writing, enjoyed a delicious dinner, and participated in a live auction led by famed auctioneer Cash Cunningham! An anonymous donor contributed a $15,000 challenge gift in support of the Land Conservancy’s work, which was matched thanks to the generosity of the gala […]

25th Anniversary Gala

Get your tickets for our 25th Anniversary Gala and check out our incredible auction prizes…

The Land Conservancy’s 25th Anniversary Gala is coming up on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City. We would love for you to join us! The Gala will feature live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, awards, and an exciting live auction presented by Cash Cunningham. Celebrity emcee and long-time Land Conservancy member, Steve Tasker, will lead the way as we celebrate 25 years of saving land in our region. At the event we will be honoring Kathy Lasher, Gerry Rising, and Joanne Schlegel for their incredible contributions over the years. We need your RSVP by September 9th if you plan to join us, so contact us today at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org.

Whether you plan to attend or not, you can still take part in the event…

Help Match a $15,000 Challenge Gift:

A generous donor has offered a $15,000 challenge gift to the Land Conservancy. Gala attendees will be able to make donations to the Land Conservancy and every dollar donated toward this challenge will be doubled in its impact! If you wish to donate towards this challenge before the gala, you may do so until Friday, September 16th.

Live Auction Items:

Advanced bids on auction items will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016. Please call the Land Conservancy office at (716) 687-1225 to place your bid today. For detailed information about these items, visit our website: http://wnylc.org/gala/

Week-long Kiwi Getaway in New Zealand

Estimated Value: $1,500

Be amazed during an incredible week-long stay at […]

History Walk, Talking Trees, and Gala Tickets…

History Walk at The Stella Niagara Preserve 

Saturday, August 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce a special history walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston. Our guide will be Karen Noonan, member of the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee. The preserve is located on the Niagara County Historic Trail and is part of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. We invite you to come and learn about the Haudenosaunee, Franciscan, and War of 1812 history at our newest nature preserve!

Tickets cost $25 and all proceeds will support the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy. Space is limited, so buy your tickets now!

How Trees Talk to Each Other

Don’t miss this incredible Ted Talk from ecologist Suzanne Simard. Suzanne’s 30 years of research have led to an astounding discovery!

Trees communicate with one another all the time – and sometimes over vast distances!

Watch this video and gain a new appreciation for forests as communities.

25th Anniversary Gala Tickets – now available!

Tickets are now available for our 25th Anniversary Gala. The Gala will take place on Wednesday, September 21 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo and will feature celebrity emcee Steve Tasker, live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, awards, and an exciting live auction presented by Cash Cunningham. Auction prizes include getaways to New Zealand, Niagara-on-the-Lake, East Aurora, and a secluded Lake Erie Beachfront property; a day-long fishing charter; local art; a cruise on the lower Niagara River; […]