7Jun 2019

Restore the Gorge gets another boost…


Last week Nancy and Graham from the Land Conservancy were joined by elected officials to announce nearly $950,000 in additional Greenway Ecological Fund grants to further our efforts to combat invasive plant species and support native plants in the Niagara Gorge.


We celebrated the announcement by presenting native oak saplings to the next generation of conservationists.


Check out the Governor’s site for more…


Ecological Restoration of the Niagara Gorge

Western New York has a long and proud industrial history. Unfortunately, it has also left our region with many degraded environments.
Ecological restoration is the process of managing a degraded natural area in a way that allows it to function the way it did before it was degraded.
We are excited to see growing momentum for Restore the Gorge and projects like it to restore our native ecosystems so they can continue to enrich Western New York for generations to come. Visit our website to learn more and find ways to get involved.


The Discover Niagara Shuttle

Did you know that the Discover Niagara Shuttle stops at the Niagara Gorge trails and the Stella Niagara Preserve?



Lake to Lake Exhibition

The Castellani Art Museum is exhibiting Lake to Lake: John Pfahl and Amos W. Sangster from April 14 – December 20, 2019. These works showcase the beauty of the Niagara region

5Mar 2019

Try not to blink or you might miss the mink ;)

The design ideas competition has begun…

When the competition closed on Friday, February 15, nearly 100 designs for the DL&W corridor were submitted. Close to one-third came in from 21 countries around the world and the other two-thirds came from US teams from 15 different states.

The public will be invited to view and vote on their favorite designs in mid-March. In April, join us at an exhibition of the top designs and within a few days, the winners will be announced.

Stay tuned to our upcoming emails or visit our website for details. We can’t wait to share these inspiring designs with you.

How do YOU Imagine LaSalle Park?  Wednesday, March 13 ~ 6-8 pm

Did you hear about the exciting $100 million gift from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to transform LaSalle Park?

The UB Regional Institute needs your help to envision the future of this unique waterfront park.

If you want to see the latest design concepts and tell the planners what you think, click below to register for the next Community workshop on March 13th.

Link: Participate in the Community Workshop

Creating Healthy Habitat along the Niagara River

Over the last few years, the Land Conservancy has been working hard along the Niagara River to enhance habitat for our wildlife along this important corridor.

At the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, our restoration crew gave nature a helping hand by planting a new native grassland and sedge meadow that will provide great habitat for frogs, toads, salamanders, dragonflies, damselflies, and more. These habitat areas were planted with more than 40 […]

5Oct 2018

Fall into fall with the Land Conservancy – do you dare smell the autumn air?

Free Your Inner Yogi at the Owens Falls Sanctuary – Sunday, October 21, 10 am–2 pm

Come join us at the Owens Falls Sanctuary for a wonderful event with Spencer Jones. Owens Falls is a gorgeous hemlock forest surrounding a deep shale ravine, with spectacular views of not one, but two waterfalls.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a leisurely hike through this remarkable preserve teeming with wildlife, followed by a grounding and invigorating vinyasa yoga class among the hemlocks and beeches. Tea and snacks will be served and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Land Conservancy.

Registration is required and carpooling is encouraged as space is limited. Bring your own yoga mat, a smile, and a friend as we connect the wilderness outside to the wilderness within.

Sign up for Yoga and Hiking


145-acre headwater forest on Grand Island protected!

In September 2018, the Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island created a new 145-acre forested nature preserve in the heart of the Niagara River. This land is incredibly ecologically important. It is one of the largest remaining forests in the entire Niagara River watershed.

The Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary is not open yet, but the Land Conservancy will begin work on a new trail system in Spring 2019 so residents and visitors will be able to take a peaceful walk, view colorful songbirds during migration, and witness the frenzy of salamanders and frogs as they emerge each spring.

Learn more about the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary


Another amazing Gala in the books

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26Jul 2018

Hopes and dreams for the DL&W Corridor– the vision is complete!

Let your mind expand and your spirit roam during our upcoming outdoor events…

Hike with us and learn about Niagara Gorge plant life!

The Niagara Gorge is home to thousands of different plants, including many rare ones! Sadly, in many places, harmful invasive species have taken a stronghold and are damaging the health of this sensitive ecosystem. The gorge needs our help.

We have been working hard to “Restore the Gorge” by removing invasive plant species, and replace them with native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.

Join us on Wednesday, August 1st, from 6-8pm, as we explore the plant life of the Niagara Gorge with invasive species expert, Andrea Locke, Coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM).

Sign up for the plant hike in the Gorge

Hiking and yoga at the new Owens Falls Sanctuary!

Saturday, August 18th, 10am-1:30pm, $30

Join the Land Conservancy and Spencer Jones in a special edition of Yoga & Hiking at The Owens Falls Sanctuary. Owens Falls is 57 acres of gorgeous hemlock forest surrounding a deep shale ravine, with spectacular views of two waterfalls that run through it. The Owens Falls Sanctuary was recently protected forever thanks to your support and the new hiking trails are now open!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a leisurely hike through this remarkable preserve teeming with wildlife, followed by a grounding and invigorating vinyasa yoga class among the hemlocks and oaks.

Tea and snacks will be served and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to benefit the Land Conservancy. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Parking is […]

28Jun 2018

Sun’s out = fun times outdoors. Check out our upcoming events!

*Summer is here and we are ready to flourish like flowers* – Get outside with us in July!

~What YOU can do to stop the spread – pulling pesky plants at Kenneglenn~

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is working with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove harmful non-native invasive plants from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales.

On Thursday, July 12th, from 9am–12pm, participants will work alongside local experts and Land Conservancy staff to remove common valerian and bush honeysuckle. Tools will be supplied and lunch is on us!

**Sign up for the Honeysuckle Harvest**


~Free your inner yogi in the forest~

Imagine clean, fresh air filling your lungs, hearing a gentle breeze through the boughs of the trees, and dipping your feet in a cool, flowing creek – feeling Zen yet?

Saturday, July 14th, 10am-2pm, $30

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 2-hour hike along trails through hemlock forest and a shale-bottomed creek, with spectacular views of Hunter’s Creek Gorge, followed by a grounding and invigorating 75-minute vinyasa yoga class among the trees led by Spencer Jones.

Spencer will provide complimentary tea and snacks. A portion of your $30 registration fee goes directly to the Land Conservancy. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Wear durable footwear you won’t mind getting wet and dress for the elements. Bring your own yoga mat, water, and a smile to foster the connection between the wilderness outside and the wilderness within.

**Register for Yoga and Hiking**


~Summer […]

8May 2018

MAY we invite you to support the Land Conservancy at these unique events?

Environment-Inspired Art Exhibit will benefit the Land Conservancy

We invite you to check out “The Debris Fields,” an exhibit created by visual artist Rebecca Allan. Allan’s abstract paintings, drawings, and photographs were inspired by Charles Burchfield’s paintings of decaying infrastructure of the 1930s and the ruins of the Bethlehem Steel Plant.

This moving exhibit will be on display at Anna Kaplan Contemporary from May 4 through June 16.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork at the exhibit will be donated to the Land Conservancy in support of our DL&W trail project.

Allan, who has roots in Western New York, has a strong commitment to environmental advocacy. Her previous exhibits have benefitted the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and the Cascade Land Conservancy in Seattle.

Don’t miss out on these great events:

Artist’s Talk at Hotel Henry – Thursday, May 3, 6-7 PM

Click HERE for more information about the Artist’s Talk

Opening Reception at Anna Kaplan Contemporary – Friday, May 4, 6-9 PM

Click HERE for more information about the Opening Reception


 Upcoming Workshop at Silo City

We know our members are interested in ecology and sustainability. That’s why we’re letting you know about the upcoming Urban Ecological Regeneration Workshop at The Lyceum at Silo City. Learn about small scale sustainable landscaping in your yard and large-scale waterfront restoration projects in the city.  Register for the Workshop today!

Creature Feature

As it turns out, humans weren’t the only species thrown off by our unending winter this year. We saw an unusually large number of uncommon waterfowl in our region’s ponds and lakes at the end of April. These beautiful diving […]

13Apr 2018

Happy January 96th! Welcome to our never-ending winter…

DL&W Open House – A Wonderful Success!

In downtown Buffalo, the abandoned DL&W rail corridor connects Canalside to the Buffalo River near Solar City. It forms a ribbon of green that runs through The Valley, The First Ward, and the Perry neighborhoods. For the past eight months, the Land Conservancy has been leading a community engagement process to spark conversation about the future of this corridor. The community’s vision is emerging, and the goal is to create a mile-and-a-half long trail system for walking and biking. It will celebrate our industrial and railroad heritage and create a place that connects people with nature and with one another.

We held an Open House at Larkin at Exchange on March 21 with a turnout of more than 175 people and got lots of great feedback about our draft vision plan.

To see photos from the event, as well as the presentation slides, and a very cool drone video of the corridor, visit our website by clicking below.

Click here to see more about the Open House

Join Us for a Special Presentation about the DL&W Trail

We invite you to join national experts and local community leaders for an inspiring discussion about reimagining the abandoned DL&W rail corridor in downtown Buffalo. Attendees will help shape the future of this iconic and innovative urban nature trail and park. This event is part of Goldfarb Financial’s “Money Talks” series and will take place from 6-8pm on Tuesday, April 17th at the historic Saturn Club in Buffalo. Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine provided by Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and hors d’oeuvres.

These presentations will bring together ideas […]

28Feb 2018

What do craft beers and plants have in common? Local is best.

Friendraiser at Resurgence Brewing Company

Join us on Thursday, March 8, for a night of merriment, mingling, and a 50/50 raffle at Resurgence Brewery. Enjoy some of our region’s best craft beer and delicious snacks in a fabulous taproom or around the fire pit in the beer garden. Resurgence will be donating 20% of proceeds from every pint purchased between 4 and 10PM to the Land Conservancy!

No need to register, simply show up with your friends, and enjoy yourselves. Land Conservancy staff and board members will be there to chat about all the exciting projects we have going on and how you can get involved.

Click here for directions to Resurgence Brewing Company

Join us for a talk by Doug Tallamy: A Case for Native Plants

Award-winning author Doug Tallamy will give a talk about the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region. “A Case for Native Plants” will be held at 7 PM on Friday, March 16 at the Niagara Power Vista.

Dr. Tallamy’s research and books have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our landscapes to reverse wildlife loss and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. Native plants feed our wildlife, clean our water, support the pollinators that put food on our tables, and are beautiful too.

While the event is free, space is limited, so please register by Thursday, March 15. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 6pm for a book signing by Doug Tallamy and to explore all the Power Vista has to offer.

Register for Doug […]

19Jan 2018

Super Fun Winter Events, Re-Imagining the DL&W Corridor, and Year-End Successes

Winter Tree ID Hike at Niagara Escarpment Preserve – SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 3rd from 10am to noon

Bundle up and join us for a winter walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport and learn how to identify our region’s trees in the wintertime.

Led by guest guide and tree expert, Erik Danielsen; register online by clicking below or call (716) 687-1225. There are only a few slots left.


Snowshoeing and Yoga at Kenneglenn

Saturday, February 10th from 10am to 2pm

To help you stay warm and active this winter, the Land Conservancy has teamed up with local yoga instructor Spencer Jones for a one-of-a-kind event at our Kenneglenn office in Wales. Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve is 131 acres with a gorgeous hemlock forest, gentle rolling hills, and spectacular views of Hunters Creek Gorge.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 2-hour hike through the preserve, followed by a relaxing and invigorating 75 minute vinyasa yoga class inside our cozy, cabin-like office. Homemade chai tea and energy snacks will be provided for your enjoyment. If you think you will need a full meal you are welcome to bring one.

Registration fee is $30. Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Land Conservancy and our mission. Space is extremely limited and preregistration on Eventbrite is required. Be sure to dress in layers and bring snowshoes, a yoga mat, water, and last but not least – a smile.

Click here to register for Yoga and Snowshoeing


Bringing Nature Downtown:

A New Life for an Old Rail Corridor

The DL&W rail corridor begins at the […]

23Nov 2017

We are thankful for you!

At this time of celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.

With every wish for a Happy Thanksgiving,
The Land Conservancy Team

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