Did you see the article about our “Restore the Gorge” project on the cover of The Buffalo News last week?
This will be one of the most significant projects in the Land Conservancy’s history – a nearly $1 million effort to restore the forests of the Niagara Gorge. The gorge is not only part of one of the earth’s natural wonders and an international tourist attraction, it is incredibly ecologically diverse. Unfortunately, invasive plant species have been harming the gorge and its native plants and wildlife. The “Restore the Gorge” project will remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. The project was also mentioned as a priority by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State Address at UB this past week!
We couldn’t have gotten here without the support of the Niagara River Greenway and the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee who are funding this project. The NYS Environmental Protection Fund and the Land Trust Alliance helped spur our conservation work along the Niagara River, as well as New York’s newly adopted Open Space Plan has helped guide this work.
A Very Happy New Year
For the Land Conservancy’s Year End Appeal, a few generous donors offered a $15,000 challenge gift. Your donations raised $17,500 to match their generosity! We are so grateful to everyone who contributed. You will ensure that amazing places are protected and restored in 2017.
New Member Drive Update
During the 2016 New Member Drive, we set a goal of 100 new members. I’m pleased to announce that we reached our goal by getting 129 new members! We are so fortunate to have the support of this wonderful and growing community that makes all our work possible.
Would you like to become a master gardener?
Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for the Master Gardener Volunteer training classes. The training classes provide six weeks of instruction followed by testing in key areas, including botany, soils, composting, climate change, pest identification and management, wildlife management, plant diseases, native plants, pruning and lawn care. The classes will take place on Fridays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, beginning February 24 and ending April 7, 2017. For more information about how to apply, the costs to sign up, etc., please contact Sharon Bachman at 716-652-5400 x 150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.