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Buffalo News: Native plant garden ‘makeover’ coming Friday to East Aurora

Do you want to create your own native plant garden, but you’re not sure how? Sally Cunningham will show all the tips and tricks to do so at an event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Meibohm Fine Arts gallery on Main Street in East Aurora, according to the Western New York Land Conservancy. Read more…

Land Conservancy Invites Community To Birdwatching Hike In The Niagara Gorge

Spring bird migration is in full swing in Western New York. On Saturday, May 20, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge from 8 to 10 a.m. Attendees will look for colorful songbirds as they pass through the region on their way to their breeding grounds. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades! Read more…

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Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 From NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

In May 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives from the DEC joined conservation leaders from around New York to unveil the grantees at an event co-hosted by the Land Trust Alliance and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC. The Western New York Land Conservancy received two grants worth $70,000 to support conservation in our region. Read more…

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Erie County Parks And Land Conservancy Collaborate To Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful 8-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy has been working with Erie County Parks in recent months to transfer ownership of the Lakeshore Forest to the County and create a unique natural habitat park. The land will be dedicated as parkland, a designation that ensures that the parcel will remain forever as protected and preserved public land. Read more…

Erie County Parks and Land Conservancy collaborate to create new natural habitat park along lakeshore

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Buffalo News: Four WNY land trust projects secure DEC grants

East Aurora, Buffalo and Jamestown will be beneficiaries of land trust grant monies allocated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC announced Wednesday that 58 land trust groups statewide would receive portions of $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants. Locally, grants were awarded to the Western New York Land Conservancy, Grassroots Gardens WNY, and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Read more…

Land Conservancy to host talk about Salamanders’ Big Night

On Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7pm, the Western New York 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. The public is invited to come find out more about these quiet but amazing amphibians and how we can help with their survival. Read more…

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Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help To Cover Costs

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that protects forests, farms, and scenic vistas forever, including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora. Read more…

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Western New York Land Conservancy To Restore The Niagara Gorge

The Land Conservancy has just secured almost $1 million for the new “Restore the Gorge” project from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to begin ecological restoration work in one of the most important natural places in the world – the Niagara Gorge. Read more…

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The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

Through the generosity of many donors, the Western New York Land Conservancy has now purchased The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls raised more than $700,000 over the last nine months to create this permanently protected nature sanctuary. Read more…

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Region’s First Prescribed Burn A Success For The Land Conservancy

On November 7, the Western New York Land Conservancy conducted a prescribed burn at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. The preserve contains a beautiful 10-acre grassland—one of the most threatened natural communities in New York State. This grassland is very healthy, brimming with tall native grasses and giving wildlife a place to hide, eat, rest, and nest. One of the best ways to keep a grassland healthy is to burn it periodically. Read more…

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Two Family Farms Protected By Western New York Land Conservancy

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $4.9 million has been awarded to help farmers protect 2,843 acres of at-risk farmland in Upstate New York, preserving the land for agricultural purposes and protecting it from development. These grants will help the Western New York Land Conservancy protect two farms — D&J Brawdy Farms and Triple Oak Farms — both located in the Town of Eden. Read more…

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Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration Of Autumn Color In Music, Poetry, and Nature

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join them for an enchanting fall afternoon of exquisite music, poetry and locally sourced wine and hors d’oeuvres at the iconic Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Read more…

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Improvements Underway At The Mill Road Scenic Overlook

If you’ve driven down Mill Road recently, you may have noticed construction is underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Western New York Land Conservancy has hired Johnson’s Nursery to improve the area around the benches that overlook the permanently protected 60-acre property. Read more…

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal Is Surpassed

The Western New York Land Conservancy made a big announcement at their 25th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 21 – the Jackson Falls Preserve fundraising goal of $600,000 has been surpassed! The Golden Ballroom at Statler City was filled with thunderous applause and cheers as more than 270 guests celebrated this milestone in the journey to create the new 57-acre nature preserve on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora. Read more…

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Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City, celebrating 25 years of conserving our region’s special places. The regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York since 1991. Read more…

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History Walk Planned At Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will be hosting a special history walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 27. The hike will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be led by Karen Noonan, a member of the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com. All proceeds will support the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy. Read more…

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Stella Niagara Students learn about Native Plant Gardens

A lot has changed at the Stella Niagara Preserve since the Western New York Land Conservancy purchased it last summer. After months of planning, new paths are being laid out, invasive species have been removed, and extensive habitat restoration and enhancement has begun.

The Stella Niagara Preserve is an important natural area that provides critical habitat for a wide variety of native species. In fact, the Land Conservancy plans to add nearly 100 native plant species to the preserve by the end of next year. This diversity includes spring, summer, and fall-blooming and -fruiting plants, and winter-persisting seeds and fruits to provide year-round food for wildlife. Read more…

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer To Reality

Last week, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls received notice of a $20,000 grant from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls in Aurora, N.Y., and turn it into a nature preserve. This grant is a challenge gift, which means the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar, in order to for it be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve. Read more…

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Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway To Goal Of Protecting Jackson Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a 57-acre property in the Town of Aurora. The land, known as Jackson Falls, has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, it will become a publicly accessible nature preserve. Read more…

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Stella Niagara Preserve work is under way

Following the removal of trees last month, work is fully under way at the Stella Niagara Preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston. Work at the preserve will be ongoing throughout the year and will be complete by the fall of 2017. The preserve is currently open to visitors, though. Read more…

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents: Doug Tallamy In ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships At Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region. Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have 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. Read more…

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Our Region’s ‘Land Conservancy’ Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Grants

On Tuesday, April 19, Governor Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state, including $70,000 for the Western New York Land Conservancy. Representatives of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County, in recognition of Earth Week, a week-long celebration of New York’s commitment to protecting our environment, conserving open space, and increasing access to the state’s vast and magnificent natural resources. Read more…

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Land Conservancy To Present Draft Concept Plan For The Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road. Read more…

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The Land Conservancy Protects Their Largest Property To Date In Niagara County: The Coulter Farm

America loses 50 acres of farmland to development every hour. David Coulter did not want his family’s farm in Cambria and Wilson to become a part of that startling statistic. Since 1889, four generations of the Coulter family have worked on and loved this land, growing strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, sweet cherries, peaches, melons and more. Read more…

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You are invited to Dr. Robin Kimmerer’s Presentation on November 10, 2015

The Honorable Harvest: Restoring our relationships with the land by blending indigenous knowledge with science

Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability. And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint. But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future? Read more…

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Western New York Land Conservancy To Host Inaugural Gala on September 30, 2015

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting its first annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Saturn Club. The Saturn Club was founded in 1885 and is housed in an elegant mansion in Buffalo on Delaware Avenue. There will be live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo and the event will include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner and dessert. Read more…

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Land Conservancy To Present Initial Concepts From ‘Vision Plan’ For The Stella Niagara Preserve on September 15, 2015

After a $3.6 million fundraising campaign, the Western New York Land Conservancy recently purchased a 29-acre property on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. This property, called the Stella Niagara Preserve, is incredibly scenic, ecologically important and culturally significant. The Land Conservancy has already opened this new nature preserve to the public with walking trails, fishing and kayak access, and plans to restore and enhance wildlife habitat, protect the property’s historic structures and art, and steward the property into the future. Read more…

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August 24, 2015: Western New York Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition: Accreditation Awarded By The Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The Land Conservancy is one of 317 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Read more…

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July 7, 2015: Western New York Land Conservancy opens the Stella Niagara Preserve to the public!

On Tuesday morning, July 7, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve cut a ribbon to open the Stella Niagara Preserve to the public and to celebrate the hundreds of supporters who made the creation of the preserve a reality. The Land Conservancy purchased the 29-acre Stella Niagara Preserve property from the Sisters of St. Francis at the end of May after a successful, multi-year campaign that raised more than $3 million for the project. Read more…

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July 1, 2015: Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods and the Buffalo Audubon Society are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, a competition designed to improve habitats in three Western New York nature preserves. Read more…

June 29, 2015: Sisters of St. Francis bless Stella Niagara Meadow

Despite the rain that fell Sunday, the Sisters of St. Francis, associates, friends and representatives of the WNY Land Conservancy gathered to offer a blessing and handing on of the Stella Niagara Meadow. Read more…

June 9, 2015: East Hill Foundation Contributes $65,000 Toward the Permanent Protection of the Stella Niagara Preserve

The East Hill Foundation, located in North Tonawanda and focused on enhancing the quality of life of the residents of Western New York, has generously contributed $65,000 to the Western New York Land Conservancy for the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve. This donation helped the Land Conservancy reach its $3.27 million fundraising goal, which enabled the Land Conservancy to purchase the 29-acre preserve property on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. Read more…

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June 4, 2015: After a successful multi-million dollar fundraising effort, the Stella Niagara Preserve is forever protected!

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve are thrilled to announce that the Land Conservancy is now the proud owner of the 29-acre Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. This news comes after an effort to raise more than $3.27 million to create the preserve and after matching a $200,000 challenge gift from a Lewiston family. Read more…

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Land Conservancy To Hold Annual Meeting And Reception At Buffalo History Museum on June 4, 2015

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce its 2015 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park, Buffalo. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for members and non-members alike to share stories of this year’s conservation successes, enjoy hors d’oeurves and beverages, and plan for the year ahead. Tickets prices for the annual meeting are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. To attend the event and support the Land Conservancy’s work, please RSVP by May 25 by calling (716) 687-1225 or emailing info@wnylc.org. In your message, please indicate how many people will be attending, then send a check to P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052, made payable to the Western New York Land Conservancy. Read more…

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May 8, 2015: The North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve Protected Forever with a Conservation Easement

On May 7, 2015, the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on a 28-acre portion of the 36-acre North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve, also known as Klydel Wetlands. The preserve is one of the largest remaining areas of open space within the city limits of North Tonawanda. It is owned by the Buffalo Audubon Society, with some portions co-owned by the Land Conservancy. The conservation easement will help ensure that the property remains a community asset, open and natural in perpetuity. Read more…

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May 7, 2015: Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $35,000 from Local Foundations!

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has just approved a grant in the amount of $25,000 for the Western New York Land Conservancy for the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly-accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY. This news comes just days after the announcement that the M&T Charitable Foundation will contribute $10,000 toward the project! The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.9 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Read more…

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April 23, 2015: Land Conservancy to Host Wildflower Hike at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve

Spring is finally here and the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a wildflower hike at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve to celebrate its arrival. Two sessions of the hike will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The first hike will be from 1 to 3 pm and the second hike will be held from 4 to 6 pm. The Niagara Escarpment Preserve is a 36-acre property on Leete Road in Lockport, protected by the Land Conservancy in 2011. It is rich in flora and fauna because of its location on the Niagara Escarpment, a unique rock formation that extends 750 miles across Ontario and into Wisconsin. Read more…

April 21, 2015: Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Grants

On Monday, April 20, Governor Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state, including $59,600 for the Western New York Land Conservancy. The grants are funded through the Environmental Protection Fund and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC. Read more…

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April 16, 2015: Another Clarence Greenprint Success: Mosher Farm Protected In Perpetuity

Today, the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 43-acre Mosher Farm on Keller Road in Clarence, protecting that land in perpetuity. Since purchasing the property in 2009, the Town of Clarence has leased the land to local farmers for agricultural use. Protecting the Mosher Farm was made possible by the innovative and award-winning Clarence Greenprint, an open space preservation program that provides funding for conserving natural land and farmland. Read more…

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April 13, 2015: Rachel Chrostowski joins Western New York Land Conservancy as Community Engagement Director

The Western New York Land Conservancy welcomed Rachel Chrostowski as the newest member of their staff on April 6, 2015. As Community Engagement Director, Rachel will increase the public’s engagement with the Land Conservancy’s work. Rachel has a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from SUNY Geneseo; however, her education in earth science started at a much earlier age. She credits her geologist mother with her deep love of the natural environment, appreciation for open space, and strong conservation values. Read more…

April 8, 2015: Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd To East Aurora

On April 8, 2015, the Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable that was held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to explore the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. Read more…

March 25, 2015: Challenge gift to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve will match each new donation dollar for dollar!

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. Read more…

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January 29, 2015: Monkelbaan Farm in Amherst Protected for Farming in Perpetuity

Last week, the Town of Amherst and the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 67-acre Monkelbaan Farm on Hopkins Road in Amherst, protecting that land for farming in perpetuity. The farm’s development rights were purchased with $357,120 from a NYS Ag and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant and $75,507 from the Town of Amherst. The property owners also contributed a portion of the easement’s value through a bargain sale of the development rights. Read more…

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December 15, 2014: Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. Read more…

December 4, 2014: Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from the Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

The Western New York Land Conservancy was recently awarded $50,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, N.Y. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.7 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Additional donations from the community are needed soon if the Stella Niagara Preserve is to become a reality. Read more…

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September 30, 2014: Ribbon-cutting Celebrates the Opening of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora

After a multi-year community effort that raised more than $650,000 to save one of the most iconic and cherished properties along the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook is now protected and a roadside pull-off is in place to allow for safe access to the property’s extraordinary views. On Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, the project team cut a ribbon to open the overlook to the public and celebrate the hundreds of supporters who led the community effort. Read more…

September 23, 2014: Innovative Clarence Greenprint Wins a 2014 NY Upstate American Planning Association Award

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (NY Upstate APA) is pleased to announce that the Clarence Greenprint has been awarded the 2014 Planning Excellence Award for Implementation. The 2014 NY Upstate APA Chapter Awards recognize outstanding work being done by planners, planning firms, elected officials, and citizens to advance the science and art of community and regional planning in upstate New York. The award was presented at the NY Upstate APA’s annual conference held in Rochester on Thursday, Sept. 18. Read more…

August 29, 2014: For the love of nature, the Sisters of St. Francis preserve the Stella Niagara Property

Imagine a place with inspiring views, a shoreline along a majestic river, rich with history of Native American cultures and historic battles, and acres of vulnerable wildlife habitat. That place is Stella Niagara. All of us at the Western New York Land Conservancy, a regional not-for-profit land trust, are working to protect Stella Niagara in perpetuity, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping fund our effort. Read more…

July 15, 2014: Land Conservancy receives $300,000 federal grant for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy has 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. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.6 million of the $3.2 million needed to create the preserve. Nancy Smith, executive director of the Land Conservancy, said, “The Stella Niagara Preserve property is one of Western New York’s most scenic, ecologically important, and historically significant places.” Read more…

July 6, 2014: Stella Niagara Preserve in the works in Lewiston

The public will get a chance to tour the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve and support the venture as well when the Western New York Land Conservancy hosts a private fundraising tour of the site from 1 to 3 p.m. next Sunday. The 29-acre site, along the Niagara River across from the Stella Niagara Education Park, is owned by the Sisters of St. Francis, and the Land Conservancy has been working with the sisters to acquire the property and create a public nature preserve. Already the group has raised $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed, and it has just announced receipt of an additional $300,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant, a federal grant through the Joint Venture Habitat Protection and Restoration Program. Read more…

June 13, 2014: Ceremony Opens Construction Phase at Mill Road Scenic Overlook

A groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, kicked off the construction phase of the long-awaited Mill Road Scenic Overlook in the Town of Aurora. The 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook property was protected at the end of 2013 after a successful, multi-year, $650,000 capital campaign. The Town of Aurora now owns the property and the Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on it, protecting it in perpetuity from development. The property is an iconic feature of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway and the pull-off along Mill Road will allow visitors to safely experience the spectacular views across the broad valley below. Read more…

May 17, 2014: Land Conservancy to present ‘encyclopedia’ of Niagara Escarpment

The Western New York Land Conservancy has been putting together what it is calling “an encyclopedia” of the Niagara Escarpment. The study of 20 properties along the escarpment for their ecological, historical and geological value was conducted last year across Niagara County. The results of the study, part of the conservancy’s long-term push to preserve as much of the escarpment as possible, will be presented at a public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 28 in the Pekin Fire Company hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, a location right on the escarpment. Also, the 250-page study is expected to be posted in full on the conservancy’s website that day. Read more…

Land Conservancy Annual Meeting Celebrated Contributions from Members

The Western New York Land Conservancy held its 23rd annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club on Lake Erie. With 175 attendees, this was the most well-attended annual meeting in the Land Conservancy’s 23-year history. The event began with a presentation from Congressman Brian Higgins. Congressman Higgins said, “Our region is so fortunate to have rich natural resources which bring economic and quality of life benefits to our community. I have had the opportunity to work with the Land Conservancy, an organization that has shown real leadership on projects like the Mill Road Scenic Overlook, to protect unique public spaces for generations to come. These preservation efforts are important in rural and urban areas alike. In Buffalo for example, we’ve really come to appreciate that the primary attraction at the waterfront is the water itself and we continue to strive to enhance and safeguard the natural experience at the water’s edge.” Read more…

Garlic Mustard Challenge’ asks how much you can dig up

The small, green, heart-shaped leaves don’t look very menacing right now. As spring progresses, however, the garlic mustard plants at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga and other locations in the region will grow into their status as an invasive species, with few natural predators, that crowd out many early spring wildflowers. In response, local environmentalists introduced a good-natured annual competition in 2011 known as the “Garlic Mustard Challenge.” Read more…

Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting on May 16

The Western New York Land Conservancy is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The historic building is right on Lake Erie, and the spectacular second floor dining area and outdoor patio boast views of passing sail boats and the summer sunset. Read more…

The Land Conservancy Permanently Protects Eden’s Meyer Farm

This week, the Western New York Land Conservancy permanently protected 90-acres of farmland – home to Frank and Linda Meyer – in the Town of Eden. The Meyer Farm conservation easement will ensure that the farmland remains available for agriculture even as development pressure increases in the surrounding area. This $244,000 project was made possible thanks to $120,000 from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, $60,000 from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and $4,000 from the Town of Eden, as well as a bargain sale of the development rights by the owner that reduced the cost by $60,000. Read more…

Ensuring future of farmland, local communities buy up property so it stays just the way it is

Acres upon acres of Erie County farmland and open space have been gobbled up by suburban subdivisions, office parks and strip malls. But little by little, a handful of communities are quietly staking claim to what’s left before it’s gone for good. They’re buying up land for farming or paying property owners to keep it as agriculture – forever. Read more…

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is protected

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the Town of Aurora is now the proud owner of the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Land Conservancy now holds a conservation easement on the property, protecting it for the benefit of the community in perpetuity. When the weather warms, a scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the views at this property. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow. Read more…

Evolving Niagara River Greenway is Western New York’s emerald jewel

For more than 12,000 years, the international Niagara River has flowed its 35 descending miles from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It’s ecological, cultural, historic and economic significance is world class. Read more…

Donation completes fundraising for Mill Road Scenic Overlook

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the project $75,000, bringing a three-year fundraising effort to a successful conclusion. According to Robert Gioia, president of the foundation, “Our directors were impressed with the community’s commitment to open space planning and the partnership between the Town of Aurora, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the over 300 individual donors who contributed to ensure the protection of the Mill Road site.” Read more…

Fundraising campaign to purchase Mill Road Overlook nears its goal

The sweeping view from Mill Road near East Aurora has inspired travelers over the years to pull over to take photos or enjoy a sunset. Now, a three-year effort to raise $650,000 to buy the scenic vantage point is nearing completion. About 300 donors have contributed to the effort – including one anonymous out-of-towner who contributed $50,000. Read more…

Nature Watch: Purchase of Stella Niagara Preserve will protect river ecosystem

Members of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity arrived in Buffalo in 1874, locating the first Motherhouse in downtown Buffalo. Seeking a permanent location in 1907, the sisters purchased the March Estate on the banks of the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. Built there in the early 20th century, the magnificent Gothic structure on Lower River Road now serves as the home of Stella Niagara Education Park, a parochial school for prekindergarten through eighth grade as well as the administrative center and hospital facility for the order. Read more…

Land Conservancy Announces $1.8 Million Award for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that it was awarded $1,843,487 from the Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund (HERF) towards creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. The fund was created as part of the Niagara River Greenway from the Niagara Power Project Relicensing agreement. When combined with the $500,000 received from the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee earlier this year the Land Conservancy will have received more than $2,300,000 of the $3,100,000 needed to create the first nature preserve along the Niagara River to be owned and operated by a not-for-profit. Read more…

Clarence Greenprint improves the town’s bottom line

A local real estate developer was recently quoted in The Buffalo News suggesting that Clarence’s open space and farmland preservation program, known as the Greenprint, has contributed to Clarence’s recent school budget debate. His premise is that limiting growth reduces revenues and forces tax increases. That idea, however sincerely held, is contradicted by both logic and fact. Read more…

Land Conservancy Awarded $500,000 for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy is now several steps closer to creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. On Tuesday, July 16, the Niagara River Greenway Commission voted unanimously that the proposed preserve was consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan. Less than a week later, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee approved a $500,000 funding request. This grant is the first money received for the more than $3 million project and is the largest single amount ever awarded to the Land Conservancy. Read more…

$150,000 in Challenge Gifts for Mill Road Scenic Overlook

The Friends of Mill Road, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora are very pleased to announce that they have received two challenge gifts for a total of $150,000. Read more…

Land Conservancy Celebrates Outstanding Contributions From Members at Annual Meeting and Reception

The Western New York Land Conservancy held its 22nd annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Friday, June 7, at the Main House on the grounds of the beautiful Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. With more than 150 people from throughout Western New York attending, it was one of the most successful events in the history of the Land Conservancy. Read more…

Nature Watch: Rose-Burney will be a great asset to Land Conservancy

Shortly after graduating from the University at Buffalo, Jajean Rose-Burney and his wife, Ana Hernández Balzac, joined the Peace Corps. They were assigned to Puebla, Mexico, a city whose metropolitan population is 2.6 million. During their 30-month stay there, Jajean and Ana helped change the direction of urban sprawl, reinterpreted the highly polluted 90-square-mile Valsequillo Reservoir from a “dead” lake to an important wildlife region, nominated the area as an international Important Bird Area, established it as a Ramsar Convention wetland of global importance and gained state park status for part of the region. In the process, they gained recognition for their work from Felipe Calderon, then president of Mexico, and won the American Planning Association’s Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Award. Read more…

3 land trusts receive grants topping $100,000

Three Western New York land trusts, including two in Erie County, have received more than $100,000 in grants from the state department of Environmental Conservation. The grants are part of $1.4 million distributed under the Conservation Partnership Program. Read more…

Niagara Escarpment Protection in New York

In Canada, the Niagara Escarpment is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its unique geological and ecological features. Although many of these same features are found across the border in New York State, no such designation or protection exists there. The Western New York Land Conservancy is working to change this. Read more…