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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; […]

You are invited to our 25th Anniversary Gala…

Please join us for our 25th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Land Conservancy is excited to announce its 25th Anniversary Gala to be held on Wednesday, September 21 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo. 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. The live auction will feature exciting prizes including 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; and much more.

Tickets are $160 per person or $220 for patrons who will be recognized in the program. You may also purchase a full table for 10 for $1,440 or 12 for $1,760. Contact the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org to make reservations.

Our Gala Chairs, Grace Meibohm and Judy Weidemann; our honorary Chairs, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, and Assemblyman John Ceretto; our entire Gala committee; and all of the Land Conservancy staff and Board hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Main Sponsor

West Herr Automotive Group Inc.

Platinum Sponsors

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.; Buffalo Southern Railroad, Inc.; Winkelman Farm Conservation Corp.

Gold Sponsors

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation; Donald Spoth Farm; Ecology and Environment Inc.; Hodgson Russ […]

A Challenge Gift for Jackson Falls & Invasive Species Updates…

Jackson Falls – A Challenge Gift

The Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls have received a challenge gift of $20,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls. In order for these funds to be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve, the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar. But there’s a twist: a single donor must match the entire $20,000 challenge gift!

That donor will have one of five benches to be placed at the preserve named in their honor. As a special bonus, those five benches will be hand-crafted by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, Thomas Pafk, who is also a neighbor to the Jackson Falls property. If you or someone you know can help meet this challenge, please contact the Land Conservancy today!

In the news – Jackson Falls has been featured in the news lately!

In case you missed it, here are a few links:

Honeysuckle Harvest 

Thanks to a team of hard-working volunteers, a mountain of invasive honeysuckle was removed from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve this week. In honor of the 3rd annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, 16 volunteers and 6 staff from the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Western New […]

We Need Your Help At Our Honeysuckle Harvest!

Volunteers needed for our honeysuckle harvest

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 10am to 12pm

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove valerian and woody invasives like honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. Tools and lunch will be provided.

Sign up online today

Watch Doug Tallamy’s presentation online today!

Did you miss Doug Tallamy when he came to speak in Buffalo last month? Over 230 people came to hear Doug at the UB Center for the Arts in May. Doug describes how you can impact our delicate ecosystems and your own wellbeing by planting native plants in your yard.

Watch Doug’s full presentation online today!

In the Spotlight: Land Conservancy featured in the national land trust magazine

The latest issue of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) magazine, Saving Land, featured a recent tweet by Senator Chuck Schumer about the Western New York Land Conservancy and the LTA. The tweet also included a link to WGRZ’s 2 the Outdoors video about our efforts to save Jackson Falls.

Extraordinary wildflowers, our new Spring Newsletter, and a “View” of Stella…

Incredible wildflowers at Jackson Falls

On a recent hike in the gorge at Jackson Falls, we discovered abundant native wildflowers! We found foam flower, Solomon’s seal, maidenhair ferns, jack-in-the-pulpit, may apples and more! In May, we received a large grant to help us protect Jackson Falls, but we have a long way to go before our October deadline.

Please consider making a contribution to save this remarkable place before it’s too late!

25th Anniversary Gala – Save the Date – Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are excited to announce our second annual Gala to commemorate our 25th Anniversary! The Gala will be held in the stunning Golden Ballroom at the Statler Hotel in Buffalo. The Gala will feature live music, awards, and a live auction. It will also include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert. Mark your calendars and join us to help contribute to our region’s revitalization!

Did you see the article about the Stella Niagara Preserve in View magazine?

This month, Land Conservancy members have already received or will soon find a copy of View magazine in their mailboxes. The magazine features a wonderful article about the work underway to improve the walking trails and wildlife habitat at our Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston. The article was written by Darrel Morrison, our lead landscape designer for Stella.

If you aren’t yet a member of the Land Conservancy, you can join today to get great perks like this!

Preserve Update: It’s been a busy week at Stella. We have put in native shrubs and are planting locally collected wildflower […]

We’ve reached a Jackson Falls milestone and much more!

 

Jackson Falls: we’re halfway there

Great news! The Land Conservancy has just learned that we will be receiving a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program for the creation of the Jackson Falls Preserve in the Town of Aurora. The 57-acre headwater forest has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, its trails will be opened to hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

This grant award brings us past the halfway point for fundraising. There are just five months left until the October 31st fundraising deadline!

You can help the Friends of Jackson Falls and the Land Conservancy raise the $600,000 needed to create the preserve by October 2016. Donations to support this project are now being accepted.

Doug Tallamy brought Nature to our homes 

Last week Tuesday, over 230 people came to hear award-winning author Doug Tallamy speak at the UB Center for the Arts. Doug’s talk helped us to understand exactly how important it is that everyone use native plants in their yards for the sake of our delicate ecosystems and our own wellbeing. A video recording of the event will be available in the near future, so keep an eye on our website if you’d like to see Doug’s incredible presentation again or if you want to share it with someone who wasn’t able to attend.

Two inspiring articles were published this week describing Doug’s presentation. Check them out:

Thanks to Sally […]

Only one day until Doug Tallamy!

Tuesday the Land Conservancy will host a Special Presentation by Doug Tallamy: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Presentation | UB Center for the Arts | $20 per Person

If you haven’t already heard, there is only one day left before the exciting presentation by Doug Tallamy, renowned author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home.

After decades of intense urban sprawl our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference in securing the fabric of our natural world. Doug Tallamy’s work has sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier.

Purchase your tickets in advance at the UB Center for the Arts Box Office or online at Tickets.com. Although tickets will be available at the door, our last event sold out so you may want to pick up your tickets in advance. The event is open to the public, so please bring your friends and spread the word!

This event was made possible by the following cosponsors:

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.; Bernadette Clabeaux, Ph. D.; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; East Aurora Garden Club; Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm; Ecology & Environment; Grassroots Gardens; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect PC; The Knoer Group; Lessons from Nature Garden Consulting; Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY; Paul Fuhrmann; Sierra Club Niagara Group; Tifft Nature Preserve and the Buffalo Museum of Science; Wild Birds Unlimited; and WNY Environmental Alliance Habitat Work Group

Hike Alert! Wildflower Hike this weekend!

Wildflower Hike this weekend!

Join Ed Fuchs and Erin Redding on a walk through the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport in search of spring wildflowers. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, this 36-acre property is part of the unique geological formation and home to woodland plants that are found at few other places in such high diversity and numbers. Ed is a long-time member and past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, and Erin is an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers.

Attendees may wish to bring drinking water or light snacks. Sometimes the preserve can be muddy, so you may want to wear boots. There are no restrooms at the preserve.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, NY (Parking at 4597 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094)

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Our New Annual Member Event!

Don’t miss this year’s annual member event: A Special Presentation by Doug Tallamy

Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Homedoug

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Presentation
UB Center for the Arts
$20 per Person

We are excited to announce our 2016 member event – a presentation by Doug Tallamy, renowned author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home.

Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them healthy. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the native plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so…

Purchase your tickets in advance at the UB Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.Tickets.com.

Our last event sold out, so buy your tickets today. The event is open to the public, so please spread the word!

This event was made possible by the following cosponsors:
Bernadette Clabeaux, Ph. D.; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; East Aurora Garden Club; Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm; Ecology & Environment; Grassroots Gardens; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect PC; The Knoer Group; Lessons from Nature Garden Consulting; Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY; Paul Fuhrmann; Sierra Club Niagara Group; Wild Birds Unlimited; and WNY Environmental Alliance

Salamander Success
salamanderLast month, we had great success in tracking the salamander migration in our region. Many thanks to those who shared their findings with us.

It seems that Wyoming County was a hotspot of salamander activity! We received reports of spotted and Jefferson salamanders migrating in Warsaw in early March, and Jefferson salamanders migrating in Arcade […]