Protected Places

Thanks to our members, the Land Conservancy has helped to protect over 6,500 acres on more than 80 properties. Some are open to the public. Many are on private land and are not open to the public. For more information about our protected places, click on their name or photograph below.

Erie County

Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary, East Aurora

PP 10 CazCreekThe Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary is a 6.5-acre nature preserve in the Village of East Aurora owned by the Village. It was protected in 2011 and is an example of how the Land Conservancy can assist with a land transaction. Although the Land Conservancy does not own the preserve or hold a conservation easement on it, we helped put the pieces together that led to its creation. The preserve offers walking trails right down to the east branch of Cazenovia Creek.

Greg’s U-Pick Farm, Clarence

PP 13 GregUpickGreg’s U-Pick Farm was protected through the Clarence Greenprint program, and the Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on it. It is a family-owned farm featuring over 12 acres of u-pick strawberries, eight acres of u-pick blueberries, half an acre of blackberries, and two acres of red raspberries. Their fall harvest includes a u-pick pumpkin patch and a corn “maize.” Unlike many u-pick fruit operations, they welcome and encourage children of all ages to come and experience the fun of u-pick! More information can be found on the Greg’s U-Pick website.

Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve, Wales

PP-2-kgThe Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve is the crown jewel of the Land Conservancy’s protected places. It is a 131-acre expanse located in Wales, just 30 miles from downtown Buffalo. Kenneglenn includes portions of the spectacular Hunter’s Creek gorge, and features wetlands and forests, as well as beautiful views of the gently rolling hills that are characteristic of southern Erie County. Read more…

Mill Road Scenic Overlook, Aurora

PP 8 MillRdAs its name implies, the overlook site is one of the most scenic locations in our region, located along the newly designated WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway. The property is also one of Aurora’s most important natural areas. It includes 18 acres of mature forest with a dense hemlock grove, an intermittent stream, a sedge marsh and 30 acres of open meadow that support rare grassland bird species including nesting populations of bobolinks. It is a frequent destination for those running and biking along Mill Road who will soon have a safe pull-off to stop and admire the magnificent view. When built, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook trails will also provide a place for children and families to get outside. Read more…

Meyer Farm, Eden

PP 18 MeyerIn 2014, 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. The grandfather of Dr. Frank Meyer, the owner, purchased this land in the 1800s. While the Meyers don’t farm the land, it has long been used for both vegetable production and field crops.

 Monkelbaan Farm, Amherst

PP 17 MonkelbaanThe Monkelbaan Farm’s fertile soils have supported agriculture for generations and was already being farmed when the Monkelbaan family purchased it in 1946. The Monkelbaans operated a dairy farm and have grown vegetables there. Since the family retired from farming, nearby Spoth Farms has continued to grow corn and wheat on the property. As development pressure in the surrounding community has increased, the Monkelbaans committed to preserving the land in agricultural use.

Mosher Farm, Clarence

PP 16 MosherIn April 2015, 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.

 Nature View Park, Amherst

PP 9 NatureViewIn 2006, the Western New York Land Conservancy permanently protected this 1,254-acre natural park in the midst of Western New York’s second most populated community, Amherst. The Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the park which is owned by the Town of Amherst. The park – with its vast forests, fields, creeks, and trail system – is an enormous asset that enhances the community’s quality of life, and is the Land Conservancy’s largest protected property. Read more…

Nuchereno Preserve, Clarence

PP 6 NucherenoThe Town of Clarence purchased this 27-acre property located in the Harris Hill area, and will turn it into a publicly accessible nature preserve called the Nuchereno Preserve. This property contains one of the last remnants of one of the rarest natural communities in New York State, an oak savannah. In fact, the property is one of only four oak savannahs in the entire state. The Land Conservancy identified this property as a priority for protection many years ago and strongly advocated for its preservation. Acquiring this property will help preserve what’s left of this special piece of New York State’s natural heritage. With some habitat enhancement and improved access, Western New Yorkers will be able to experience the beauty of an uncommon natural community.

Rich Woods Property, Clarence

PP 11 Rich WoodsIn the fall of 2013, the Town of Clarence protected a 66-acre property, named after the former owner, Rich Woods. The property includes wetlands, a mature forest, a stream that flows into Beeman Creek, and 24 acres of farmland. The property is especially important because it is adjacent to two previously protected parcels and creates forest connectivity that provides fabulous benefits for wildlife. The Rich Woods property was protected with funds from the innovative Clarence Greenprint Program. Through the program, the Land Conservancy helps the Town identify and protect priority properties for permanent preservation, and the Rich Woods property had long been a high priority.

Root Down Farm, Clarence

PP 14 RootdownThe Root Down Farm is a very popular community supported agriculture (CSA) farm on Shimerville Road in Clarence Center. The property was protected through Clarence’s Greenprint program, and the Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on it. CSA shares are available in every season, and the farm is open to the shareholders for u-pick vegetables, herbs, and flowers. More information can be found on the Root Down Farm website.

Surgenor Farm, Eden

PP 15 SurgenorFarmIn 2012, the Western New York Land Conservancy permanently protected its first farm in the Town of Eden, the 102-acre Surgenor Farm, with a conservation easement. The Surgenor Farm was the first of hopefully many farms in Eden to be protected and preserved.

 

Niagara County

Lytle Nature Preserve, Lockport

PP 7 LytleThe 75-acre Lytle Nature Preserve was donated to the Town of Lockport by William F. Lytle in 2008, and is protected by the Land Conservancy with a conservation easement. The property has diverse habitats including wetlands, mixed hardwood and pine plantations, farmland, and open meadows, including 47 acres of grassland being maintained as habitat for birds and other wildlife. The preserve is located near the historic Erie Canal and is a great place to enjoy nature near the city.

Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

PP 3 NEPWhen Frances Young Harrison retired from active farming, she and her family chose to honor their family’s heritage by protecting their land forever. In 2011, the Western New York Land Conservancy purchased the Frank L. and Julia Dersham Young Niagara Escarpment Preserve, the first protected property on the Escarpment. The 36-acre property on Leete Road in Lockport contains 1,000 feet of the Niagara Escarpment, prime soils, 21 acres of contiguous mature hardwood forest with several unique woodland plants, and 10 acres of restored grassland habitat.  Read more…

North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve / Klydel Wetlands, North Tonawanda

PP 5 klydelIn May 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.

Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston

PP 1 StellaThe Stella Niagara Preserve is the most ambitious and high profile project in the Land Conservancy’s history. The preserve is located on the Niagara River along Lower River Road in the Town of Lewiston just north of Niagara Falls, and sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and Center of Renewal. With 29-acres and over a quarter-mile of shoreline, it is the largest privately-owned, undeveloped tract of land along the entire length of the Niagara River. The property is incredibly scenic, and is one of our region’s most ecologically and historically important places. Read more…

Allegany County

Brown’s Marsh

PP 12 BrownsMarshOwned by the Land Conservancy, Brown’s Marsh is a 43-acre property that includes a large pond, a small stream, a meadow, and a forested area. It is located in Allegany County along NYS Rt. 417, just east of downtown Wellsville. There is a parking lot for visitors located along this road. Visitors can walk around the berm that encircles the pond. This is a great place for a short hike after work, and to watch birds and take photographs. The surrounding Allegany hills are majestic in all four seasons, especially in the fall when the foliage changes colors. Please note that fishing and boating are not permitted.

Cattaraugus County

Bryant Hill Preserve

PP 4 BryantHIllIn 2000, Marilyn and Blake Reeves donated a conservation easement on the Bryant Hill property to the Western New York Land Conservancy. This 111-acre property in Cattaraugus County near Ellicottville includes forested hills, open meadows, and a small cabin overlooking a pond. In 2012, Marilyn decided to donate the property itself to the Land Conservancy. The forests and meadows are now home to wildlife and spectacular flora that are rare in other parts of the region. One could say that the preserve is the Land Conservancy’s very own Walden Pond.

Chautauqua County

Properties protected in Chautauqua County are privately owned.