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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.

A big night for salamanders, a living shoreline, and more…

A Big Night for Salamanders

At 7 pm on Thursday, February 23rd, the 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. Come find out more about these quiet but amazing creatures and how we can help with their survival. The presentation is free to the public, but registration is requested: https://abignightforsalamanders.eventbrite.com

Living Shorelines at the Stella Niagara Preserve
This year, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is working with us to do something very special at the Stella Niagara Preserve. They received a grant from Empire State Development’s Yahoo Community Fund to create a living shoreline at the landing. Together, we will be adding aquatic native plants and creating new habitat for fish, frogs, and turtles. We will also create a space for kayak access, which will make it easier for visitors to launch from Stella.

Come with us to the Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium
The 9th Annual Native Landscape Symposium is scheduled for March 10th and 11th in Ithaca, NY. This year’s theme is Landscape Fundamentals in a Changing World and presentations will focus on the role of native species in our landscapes, and how native plants, birds, pollinators, landscapes and environments are doing in our dynamic and rapidly changing world. Many of our staff and our members have […]

Restore the Gorge, fundraising updates, and more…

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.

Read the article in The Buffalo News to find out more!


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 […]