23Nov 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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18Nov 2016

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 […]

18Oct 2016

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!

3Oct 2016

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 […]

5Sep 2016

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 […]

18Aug 2016

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; […]

9Aug 2016

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 […]

18Jul 2016

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 […]

29Jun 2016

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.

15Jun 2016

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 […]