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2014 New Member Drive, and More!

Help Us With Our New Member Drive Kenneglenn
Members are the heart and soul of the Land Conservancy. Their time, energy, ideas, and financial resources guide our work. This week we begin our 2014 New Member Drive, our annual effort to find new members to join the Land Conservancy. To make the drive successful, we need your help!

If you aren’t already a member, please consider becoming one by making a donation on our Online Giving Page, or by mailing a check to the Western New York Land Conservancy at P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052. The minimum membership donation is $35.

If you are already a member, please help us find new members. We are proud of what we have accomplished together – protecting more than 6,000 acres of irreplaceable places like the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve on Hunters Creek Gorge in Wales, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora, the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, and the many other protected preserves and farms throughout the region. If you are proud of this work as well, then ask your close friends, family, and colleagues to join the effort by becoming members too.

The 2014 New Member Drive will continue until November 3. The Land Conservancy will be offering prizes as an incentive to recruiters. The recruiter who finds the most new members and the recruiter whose new members donate the most money cumulatively will win a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice, like the Elm Street Bakery, Farmers and Artisans, or Ashkers. If you would like the Land Conservancy to send you membership brochures, mailing envelopes, and personalizable new member letters, please […]

Upcoming Birdwatching Hike and More!

Birdwatching at Kenneglenn on September 6

The Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales on Saturday, September 6, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The hike will be led by Chuck Rosenburg and Jajean Rose-Burney. Chuck is a wetlands biologist at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and one of the region’s leading owl experts. Jajean is the Land Conservancy’s Development Director and has led numerous birding hikes.  Publication8-2014b

The hike should be an exciting one. Fall migration will be in full swing and Kenneglenn’s forests should be alive with birds, including numerous species of woodpeckers, flycatchers, and warblers, among others. Land Conservancy staff have recorded close to 100 species of birds at the preserve in the last two years, and many of these could be seen on the hike.

The hike is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225, or by emailing info@wnylc.org. Space is limited, so please confirm soon. The hike is appropriate for people of all ages. Please wear long pants and good hiking shoes as we may walk through some undergrowth and muddy patches along the trail. Bring binoculars if you have them. Parking is available at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in front of the Land Conservancy office. We will share directions with everyone that registers for the event.

The Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Now Open!009 by Kathy Lasher

Construction on the roadside pull-off at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook is complete, and the pull-off is now open to visitors. This comes […]

2014 President’s Appeal, and More!

Reminder: 2014 President’s Appeal

Publication2At the end of June, we sent all of the Land Conservancy’s members and recent donors the 2014 President’s Appeal. This is the most important mid-year fundraising appeal for the Land Conservancy, and donations to the appeal support our continued land conservation work. It is because of past donors that we now protect more than 6,000 acres of Western New York’s most important forests, farms, and scenic vistas, the equivalent of 4,500 football fields of irreplaceable land. If you have not already donated to this year’s Presidents Appeal, please consider responding to the appeal letter that you may have received in the mail or donating on our website by clicking HERE. A full copy of the President’s Appeal letter can be found HERE. Thank you!

Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn

work dayOur office building and the gardens that surround it need some help! We are looking for volunteers on Wednesday, August 6, from 1 PM to 5 PM, to join the Land Conservancy in a summer cleanup day at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve near East Aurora. Andrea Locke, the coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM), will help start the afternoon off with a talk about invasive species in our region and what you can do to help.

At Kenneglenn, our gardens need some weeding, the hedges need some pruning, the screen doors on the porch need some mending, and a few cedar shingles on the walls need replacing. We need some tools to help with the work (square-edged shovels, loppers, […]

Major Grant Award for Stella Niagara, and More!

Announcing a $300,000 Grant for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Publication2We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded $300,000 to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston! The grant is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Joint Venture Habitat Protection and Restoration Program. It was one of five grants given in the Midwest and Northeast Region for a total of $960,000 all aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing 908 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat. It was the only project selected in the Northeast Region. Click HERE for the full press release.

The Stella Niagara Preserve property is one of Western New York’s most scenic, ecologically important, and historically significant places. At 29-acres and over a quarter mile of shoreline, it is the largest remaining, undeveloped, privately-owned property along the Niagara River. Once the property is acquired, we will open it to public access with walking trails, fishing access, and a place to put a kayak in the river.

The Stella Niagara Preserve is now very close to fruition. We have already received more than $2.6 million of the $3.2 million needed to create the preserve. The Land Conservancy is seeking the remainder of the funding from local businesses, foundations, private donors and other funding sources. If you are interested in donating to the Stella Niagara Preserve, please contact the Land Conservancy by calling Executive Director Nancy Smith at (716) 687-1225 or emailing her at nancyrs@wnylc.org.

Click HERE for more information about the Stella Niagara Preserve.


Construction Begins on the Roadside Pull-off at Mill Road


Private Tour of Stella Niagara Preserve, and More!

Explore the Future Stella Niagara Preserve

Publication2Help support the Land Conservancy by joining us on a private tour of the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve. The tour will take place on Sunday, July 13, from 1-3 PM, across from the Stella Niagara Education Park on Lower River Road in Lewiston.

During the tour, you will be able to learn about the property’s War of 1812 history, see its historic chapel and ‘sgraffito’ artwork, experience the natural beauty of the ‘five-mile meadow’ and the ‘Stella landing’, and meet the Sisters of St. Francis who have been its stewards since 1907. Several experts will be joining us and guiding the tour.

You support of the Land Conservancy can make the Stella Niagara Preserve a reality! Help us build an Olmsted-inspired lake-to-lake system of parks and preserves while expanding public access to our waterfront AND preserving a site with cultural, historic and ecological importance that is an irreplaceable part of our heritage.
The cost to join us on the tour is $100 per person. Please RSVP by July 4 by paying in advance. You can pay by using the “Donate” option on our website (www.wnylc.org) or by sending a check to P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, made payable to Western New York Land Conservancy. For more information or to donate to the Stella Niagara Preserve, contact the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org.

Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project report available on our website

Publication1On May 28, the Land Conservancy presented important findings from the Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project at the Pekin Fire Hall in Sanborn. More than 70 people attended the event. […]

Awards, Stella Niagara Bird Tour, and More!

Land Conservancy Projects Receive Awards

We are thrilled to announce that two Land Conservancy initiatives have won awards. One is a planning award from the American Planning Association, and the second is a landscape preservation award from Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

CAM00386The Clarence Greenprint Program was chosen for the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association (APA) 2014 Award for Outstanding Planning in the Implementation Category. The award was presented at the APA’s annual dinner on May 15. The Clarence Greenprint is an open space preservation program funded by a $12.5 million bond authorization, voted in by the town in 2002. In 2003, the Clarence Town Board approved a resolution appointing the Land Conservancy as the agent in planning and implementing the Greenprint. Through 2013, $6.8 million dollars had been used to protect more than 1,200 acres of meadows, forests, wildlife habitat, scenic views, and working farms.

The Mill Road Scenic Overlook was chosen for the 2014 Preservation Buffalo Niagara award for landscape preservation. After several years of effort by the entire community, the Town of Aurora now owns the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook property, and the Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on it, protecting it in perpetuity. Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s 6th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony & Luncheon, honoring the Mill Road Scenic Overlook and other winners, will be held at noon on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Kleinhans Music Hall. We welcome you to join the Land Conservancy at the event. For more details, go to the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Website.

June 7 Bird Tour at Stella Niagara

Publication1The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike at […]

Annual Meeting, Birds, and the Escarpment

Reminder: RSVP by May 5 for the Annual Meeting

We are hosting our 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, May 16 at the Buffalo Yacht Club on Lake Erie in Buffalo. The evening will include conversations, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, an awards ceremony, Board member elections, a silent auction, and a presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins. Go to our website to view some of our extraordinary Silent Auction items. To attend the annual meeting, please RSVP by Monday, May 5 by sending a check to P.O Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, made out to the “Western New York Land Conservancy” ($35 members/ $45 non-members). If you cannot attend the event but would like to bid on an auction item now, please call us at (716) 687-1225, or email us at info@wnylc.org. You can also contact us if you’d like to RSVP to attend the event but cannot send a check by May 5.

May 10 Spanish Language Bird Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery

warblerOn Saturday, May 10, from 9-11 am, the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Western New York Land Conservancy will host their first ever bilingual birdwalk – in Spanish – at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. The walk is free and open to the public. Participants should meet just inside the main entrance of the cemetery at Delaware and Delavan at 9am. Forest Lawn Cemetery is one of Buffalo’s best places to see interesting birds, especially in early spring. Well over 100 species are recorded each year in the cemetery during the month of May.

El sábado 10 de mayo de 9 a 11 de la mañana, el Buffalo […]

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day, a day when people worldwide show their support for environmental protection. Let’s celebrate what you have accomplished over the last 23 years through your support of the Land Conservancy. Take a look at stories of our shared accomplishments in past Newsletters, think of ways you can make our Ongoing Projects successful, and join us at one of our Nature Hikes.


Buffalo Yacht ClubRSVP by May 5 for the Annual Meeting

We are hosting the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, May 16 at the Buffalo Yacht Club on Lake Erie in Buffalo. The evening will include conversations, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, an awards ceremony, Board member elections, and a presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins.

Silent Auction: This year’s silent auction will be extraordinary! Here is a sampling of our offerings:  

  • Lunch with Congressman Brian Higgins in D.C. with a tour of the Capitol and a $300 voucher for airfare.
  • A round of golf and lunch for four with former Buffalo Bills star Steve Tasker.
  • Cocktails and dinner for six at the Niagara Falls Country Club or the Buffalo Yacht Club.
  • Fantastic paintings brought to you by Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora
  • A two-hour-long train ride seated alongside the train’s engineer in the cab.
  • An owl prowl tour led by Chuck Rosenburg, one of our region’s preeminent biologists.
  • Plant identification walks with expert botanists.
  • A stay at a cabin on one of our preserves.
  • Food shares at local CSAs.
  • Award-winning, locally-made wine.

Let us know if you would like to bid on silent auction items in advance, and we […]

Rare Oak Savannah Protected, the Annual Meeting, and the Garlic Mustard Challenge

Rare Oak Savannah Protected in Clarence

NucherenoOutcrop2_AdjThe Town of Clarence recently purchased a 27-acre property located in the Harris Hill area, and will turn it into a publicly accessible nature preserve. This property contains one of the last remnants of one of the rarest natural communities in New York State, an oak savannah. In fact, the property is one of only four oak savannahs in the entire state. The Land Conservancy identified this property as a priority for protection many years ago and strongly advocated for its preservation. We have visited the property numerous times – twice with members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society who helped us understand the unique attributes of the land. This is yet another major accomplishment made possible by the Clarence Greenprint program. Kudos to the Recreation Advisory Committee, the Town Board, and the residents of Clarence. Oak savannahs, also called oak openings, are found where dry soil limits the growth of many trees except for a scattering of a few thriving oak trees. The scarcity of trees means lots of sunlight for the grasses and flowers that grow well on the same dry soil. The diversity of plants in oak openings support abundant wildlife. The warm season grasses and flowers support many kinds of pollinators including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Turkeys love to bring their young to oak openings where they can gorge on the insects and acorns. Acquiring this property will help preserve what’s left of this special piece of New York State’s natural heritage. With some habitat enhancement and improved access, Western New Yorkers will be able to experience the beauty of an uncommon natural community.

Silent Auction Items […]

Winter Birds on the Niagara River, and More!

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