8May 2018

MAY we invite you to support the Land Conservancy at these unique events?

Environment-Inspired Art Exhibit will benefit the Land Conservancy

We invite you to check out “The Debris Fields,” an exhibit created by visual artist Rebecca Allan. Allan’s abstract paintings, drawings, and photographs were inspired by Charles Burchfield’s paintings of decaying infrastructure of the 1930s and the ruins of the Bethlehem Steel Plant.

This moving exhibit will be on display at Anna Kaplan Contemporary from May 4 through June 16.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork at the exhibit will be donated to the Land Conservancy in support of our DL&W trail project.

Allan, who has roots in Western New York, has a strong commitment to environmental advocacy. Her previous exhibits have benefitted the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and the Cascade Land Conservancy in Seattle.

Don’t miss out on these great events:

Artist’s Talk at Hotel Henry – Thursday, May 3, 6-7 PM

Click HERE for more information about the Artist’s Talk

Opening Reception at Anna Kaplan Contemporary – Friday, May 4, 6-9 PM

Click HERE for more information about the Opening Reception


 Upcoming Workshop at Silo City

We know our members are interested in ecology and sustainability. That’s why we’re letting you know about the upcoming Urban Ecological Regeneration Workshop at The Lyceum at Silo City. Learn about small scale sustainable landscaping in your yard and large-scale waterfront restoration projects in the city.  Register for the Workshop today!

Creature Feature

As it turns out, humans weren’t the only species thrown off by our unending winter this year. We saw an unusually large number of uncommon waterfowl in our region’s ponds and lakes at the end of April. These beautiful diving […]

13Apr 2018

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 […]

28Feb 2018

What do craft beers and plants have in common? Local is best.

Friendraiser at Resurgence Brewing Company

Join us on Thursday, March 8, for a night of merriment, mingling, and a 50/50 raffle at Resurgence Brewery. Enjoy some of our region’s best craft beer and delicious snacks in a fabulous taproom or around the fire pit in the beer garden. Resurgence will be donating 20% of proceeds from every pint purchased between 4 and 10PM to the Land Conservancy!

No need to register, simply show up with your friends, and enjoy yourselves. Land Conservancy staff and board members will be there to chat about all the exciting projects we have going on and how you can get involved.

Click here for directions to Resurgence Brewing Company

Join us for a talk by Doug Tallamy: A Case for Native Plants

Award-winning author Doug Tallamy will give a talk about the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region. “A Case for Native Plants” will be held at 7 PM on Friday, March 16 at the Niagara Power Vista.

Dr. Tallamy’s research and books have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our landscapes to reverse wildlife loss and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. Native plants feed our wildlife, clean our water, support the pollinators that put food on our tables, and are beautiful too.

While the event is free, space is limited, so please register by Thursday, March 15. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 6pm for a book signing by Doug Tallamy and to explore all the Power Vista has to offer.

Register for Doug […]

19Jan 2018

Super Fun Winter Events, Re-Imagining the DL&W Corridor, and Year-End Successes

Winter Tree ID Hike at Niagara Escarpment Preserve – SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 3rd from 10am to noon

Bundle up and join us for a winter walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport and learn how to identify our region’s trees in the wintertime.

Led by guest guide and tree expert, Erik Danielsen; register online by clicking below or call (716) 687-1225. There are only a few slots left.


Snowshoeing and Yoga at Kenneglenn

Saturday, February 10th from 10am to 2pm

To help you stay warm and active this winter, the Land Conservancy has teamed up with local yoga instructor Spencer Jones for a one-of-a-kind event at our Kenneglenn office in Wales. Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve is 131 acres with a gorgeous hemlock forest, gentle rolling hills, and spectacular views of Hunters Creek Gorge.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 2-hour hike through the preserve, followed by a relaxing and invigorating 75 minute vinyasa yoga class inside our cozy, cabin-like office. Homemade chai tea and energy snacks will be provided for your enjoyment. If you think you will need a full meal you are welcome to bring one.

Registration fee is $30. Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Land Conservancy and our mission. Space is extremely limited and preregistration on Eventbrite is required. Be sure to dress in layers and bring snowshoes, a yoga mat, water, and last but not least – a smile.

Click here to register for Yoga and Snowshoeing


Bringing Nature Downtown:

A New Life for an Old Rail Corridor

The DL&W rail corridor begins at the […]

23Nov 2017

We are thankful for you!

At this time of celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.

With every wish for a Happy Thanksgiving,
The Land Conservancy Team

Click here to enjoy the video

6Nov 2017

Event Alerts! Project Unveiling: Restore the Gorge and Volunteer Trail Day at Owens Falls

Project Unveiling: Restore the Gorge

Monday, November 13 from 7pm to 8:30pm

We are starting work on our Niagara Gorge restoration project that will enhance the gorge with beautiful native plants for our wildlife and the Niagara Falls community.
We invite you to join us for our project unveiling on Monday, November 13th at 7pm at the Niagara Falls Public Central Library. The event will include short presentations by our staff, our landscape designers, and our restoration team, with details on project locations, goals, timeline, process and strategy, and renderings of proposed landscapes.
There is no cost to attend, but we ask everyone to register in advance. Everyone will have an opportunity to provide feedback.
For more information, please call our office at (716) 687-1225 or send an email to info@wnylc.org.

Volunteer Trail Day: How to Close Unwanted Trails

Saturday, November 11 from 9am to noon

Our trail plans for the new Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora are complete and trail building began on Monday. Part of the process includes closing unofficial trails that lead to neighboring properties and areas damaged by misuse.
We are looking for 15 volunteers to lend a hand with this important task from 9am to noon on Saturday, November 11th.
Staff from our talented consultant, Tahawus Trails, will be training volunteers on the right way to close these old trails. Volunteers will get to put their knowledge into practice. This event will require physical labor and attendees should bring rakes or shovels if possible.
BONUS! This event offers a sneak peek at the Owens Falls Sanctuary before we open it to […]

29Sep 2017

Gardening with Native Plants in Niagara Falls, the animals at Maybe Someday Farm in Marilla, and More!

Native Plants and Pollinators with “Plant Lady” Sally Cunningham

Do you want to use native plants in your own garden? From 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 4th, Sally Cunningham will be speaking at the Niagara Falls Public Central Library. Find out how you can turn your yard into a haven for pollinators and birds by adding native plants, just as we are doing in the Niagara Gorge.

Sally Cunningham is our region’s favorite native plant expert and recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award at our recent Gala.

Don’t miss her talk – there is no cost to attend, but we ask everyone to register in advance. Click here to register for Sally’s talk, or call the Land Conservancy office at (716) 687-1225.

Fall Farm Tour at Maybe Someday Farm 

Join us for a family-friendly tour of Maybe Someday Farm in Marilla, led by farm owner, Lee Dobbins. The tour will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 15th.

Maybe Someday Farm is a fun place for people of all ages to visit. You’ll be spending time with their friendly pigs, sheep, llamas, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, and more! They also have a farm store where you can purchase a wide variety of meat, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, and pumpkins. The tour will be followed by a hayride around the farm so attendees can take in the beautiful fall foliage! This farm was protected in 2002 thanks to a partnership between the landowner, the Land Conservancy, and the Town of Marilla.

While event registration is free, on the day of the hike we suggest a donation of $5 per person to the […]

11Aug 2017

A new conservation success story, upcoming hikes and events, and more…

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. […]

23Jun 2017

The Honeysuckle Harvest, a new nature preserve on Grand Island, and a new rail trail for Buffalo…

Volunteers needed for Honeysuckle Harvest
Thursday, July 13 from 10am – 1pm

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 honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales and we need your help! PRISM staff will train all volunteers how to identify and remove honeysuckle and other woody invasives. Tools and lunch will be provided.

Click here to sign up today!

A new nature preserve on Grand Island

In the heart of the Niagara River, the 140-acre Assumption Forest is teeming with life–a vibrant wild woodland where clean, cool water bubbles up from the ground and the sounds of wildlife fill the air.

This forest is one of the largest tracts of forest left on Grand Island. Passing migratory songbirds flutter down to rest on the limbs of majestic oaks, while blue-spotted salamanders make their home on the forest floor below. The forest’s landscape holds the history of the last glaciers, and its trees hold stories from a time gone by. With your help, we can protect this remarkable place forever.

We plan to host hikes here later this year, so check our website for dates. Please reach out to us to learn more; and please donate to make the Assumption Forest Preserve a reality.

Creating Buffalo’s very own High Line
In Buffalo, an abandoned rail line links Downtown to the Buffalo River. Running through backyards, businesses, and parks, it connects the historic neighborhoods of The First Ward and […]

17Apr 2017

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.