2019 News Coverage

Western New York Land Conservancy to kick off final fundraising push to Save Mossy Point

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of Mossy Point have now raised nearly $1.1 million toward the purchase and protection of Mossy Point, a 222-acre property located in South Wales. They need to raise an additional $500,000 by Dec. 31, 2019 in order to purchase the property and create a new nature preserve on the site. If the community doesn’t save the land by the end of this year, its forests could be cut and developed, lost forever.

Mossy Point is adjacent to Kenneglenn, land already protected by the Land Conservancy. Once purchased, the Mossy Point property would combine with Kenneglenn to become an integral part of a new preserve that will include walking, cross-country and snowshoe trails, and it will allow the public access to a lush patch of forest. Read more.

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Niagara River Corridor Recognized as 40th Wetland of International Importance by the United States

Niagara Falls, New York. – The United States side of the Niagara River Corridor, iconic for its world-renowned waterfalls and globally significant bird and fish populations, was today designated by the United States as a Wetland of International Importance under the world’s oldest environmental treaty, the Ramsar Convention. Visited by millions of people, and the source of electrical power for vast populations of two countries, the Niagara River is vital to North America’s economy. It is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of boaters, hikers, anglers, birdwatchers and swimmers each year. The river is a laboratory for research and education that informs the world and it serves as a model of successful conservation and restoration in the midst of large cities. Read more.

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Gallogly Family Foundation Awards Western New York Land Conservancy Major Grant

The Western New York Land Conservancy has received a $100,000 challenge gift from the Gallogly Family Foundation toward the purchase and protection of Mossy Point, a 222-acre gem located in Wales. Mossy Point is prized for its diversity of plants and animals, including a patch of rare old growth forest. In 2017, the Land Conservancy signed an agreement that gives it until December 31, 2019 to raise $1.6 million to buy the property and create a new nature preserve. The Land Conservancy is halfway to that goal. Right now, the Land Conservancy needs community members to match the challenge gift and donate enough to save Mossy Point by the end of the year. Read more

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BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Blue Fund Events

The Land Conservancy is working with partners to offer a calendar of community events and outdoor programs for residents living near the DL&W corridor. These events are made possible through the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Blue Fund. The DL&W corridor is a one and a half mile stretch of abandoned rail running from Canalside to the Buffalo River across from the new Tesla solar panel manufacturing facility at Riverbend, and it crosses through the Old First Ward, Perry, and Valley neighborhoods. The Land Conservancy is transforming this abandoned corridor into an iconic, innovative, and multi-use urban nature trail and greenway. These events are designed to get residents connected to the corridor and provide them with opportunities to share ideas about its future.

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Winners unveiled for DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition

On Friday, the Western New York Land Conservancy announced the winners of the DL&W Corridor International Design Ideas Competition. The Land Conservancy received 98 design idea proposals from individuals and teams across the region, the country, and around the world. These winning designs acknowledged the ways that the new nature trail and greenway can create an anchor for investment while creating opportunity, connectivity, and prosperity for local neighborhoods and the region. Read more…

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Land Conservancy Awarded Over $1 Million In State Funds

Thanks to more than $1 million in funding from New York State, the Western New York Land Conservancy is now one step closer to protecting the Mossy Point Forest in Wales. These funds, awarded through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application, or CFA, will also allow the Land Conservancy to embark on the next phase of the DL&W nature trail and greenway project in the City of Buffalo. Read more…

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Land Conservancy Kicks Off International Design Ideas Competition For DL&W Nature Trail And Greenway

The Western New York Land Conservancy is excited to announce the start of new international Design Ideas Competition for the DL&W corridor. Professional and student designers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners and artists are invited to submit their visionary concepts to transform the abandoned 1.5-mile elevated DL&W rail corridor connecting Buffalo’s downtown with its waterfront through three distinct and historic neighborhoods. Read more…

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Blue Fund Backs Buffalo’s DL&W Trail & Park

On Nov. 7, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York President and CEO Dave Anderson announced support for Buffalo’s exciting urban rail trail project on the DL&W corridor through the Blue Fund. The Western New York Land Conservancy will receive just over $245,000 to take this project to the next level. This linear park will be a ribbon of green that runs through the Old First Ward, Valley and Perry neighborhoods, connecting City of Buffalo youth and families to downtown and the waterfront, and to the health benefits of spending time in nature. Read more…

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Governor Cuomo Announces Record $35 Million Awarded to Farmland Protection Projects Across New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a record-breaking $35 million has been awarded to 40 farms across 19 counties to protect 13,000 acres of agricultural land throughout New York State. The grants mark a historic level of funding awarded in a single round of the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program. Read more…

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Design Ideas Competition For Buffalo’s Urban Greenway Draws Interest From Around The Globe

More than 300 teams from all around the world have registered to participate in an international design ideas competition for Buffalo’s DL&W rail corridor. The Western New York Land Conservancy kicked off the competition at the end of January and registrations rolled in from every continent except Antarctica. Read more… 

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Cast Your Vote For The DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition

In February, nearly 100 design teams from all around the world submitted ideas for Buffalo’s DL&W rail corridor. These visionary concepts will lay the groundwork for transforming the abandoned 1.5-mile corridor into an iconic, innovative and inspiring multi-use nature trail and greenway. Read more…

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Community invited to Vote at Open House for DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition

The Land Conservancy is asking nature lovers, trail users and people excited about the revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront and communities to attend an open house to vote on the top designs in the DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition on Wednesday, April 10, at the M&T Center at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo. The open house will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a short presentation at 7 p.m. Read more…

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$2.2 Million in Conservation Partnership Program Grants

New York State and the Land Trust Alliance announced the 2019 round of Conservation Partnership Program grants totaling $2.25 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

The announcement took place at the Red Jacket River Front Park in downtown Buffalo, NY where we were joined by a number of special guests including, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Tim Kennedy, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and a representative from Senator Patrick Gallivan’s office.

47 different groups were awarded 70 grants that will leverage an additional $2.2 million in match funding and conserve over 5,000 acres. Read more…

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Governor Cuomo Announces Progress and Additional Funding for ‘Restore the Gorge’ in Niagara Falls

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work is progressing to the second phase for on-the-ground ecological restoration work to “Restore the Gorge” in Niagara Falls, including nearly $950,000 in additional Greenway Ecological Fund grants to further efforts to combat invasive plant species and cultivate native plants. The project complements Governor Cuomo’s $70 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park and other strategic state investments to strengthen the tourism industry in downtown Niagara Falls. Read more…

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2018 News Coverage

Niagara Frontier Publications: Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Western New York Land Conservancy complete Stella Niagara Preserve landing restoration

In partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy, and with funding provided by Oath Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County, under the direction of Empire State Development, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has completed the final phase of the restoration project along the shoreline at the Stella Niagara Preserve’s landing in Lewiston. Read more…

Grand Island Dispatch: Leuchner guest of honor at WNY Land Conservancy Gala

On Sept. 20, a group of Grand Islanders showed up to recognize fellow Island resident Paul Leuchner, who was the guest of honor at the annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala held in the Marquis Ballroom of the restored Lafayette Hotel. Leuchner was recognized for spearheading the effort to preserve 145 acres of the forested upper watersheds of Big Six Mile Creek and Little Six Mile Creek on Grand Island. This unique green space is one of the largest forested ecosystems in the Niagara River corridor and is now under the permanent protective stewardship of the Land Conservancy and will become the future home of the Gallogly Nature Sanctuary. Read more…

Land Conservancy Creates Iconic Grand Island Nature Sanctuary

At their annual gala last week, the Western New York Land Conservancy announced their latest conservation success — the new Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary in the Town of Grand Island. At 145 acres, this remarkable oak and hickory forest is one of the largest, undeveloped, privately-owned properties left on Grand Island, and Grand Island has some of the largest remaining forests in the entire Niagara River watershed. Read more…

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Buffalo News: Swath of Grand Island cemetery to see revival as nature preserve

A group of conservationists is bringing a Grand Island cemetery back to life. The Western New York Land Conservancy last week completed its long-planned purchase of a pastoral, 145-acre section of Assumption Cemetery from the Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo. Read more…

Buffalo Business First: International design competition planned for Buffalo’s own rail line project

The words “linear park through Buffalo neighborhoods” don’t jump off a page. But if you look at comparable projects in Manhattan or Detroit, you get the sense of why stakeholders say this could be an important step in the regional renaissance. Starting this summer, architecture and design firms from around the world will be invited to compete for a chance to envision the future of a 1.5-mile former rail line through the Valley, Old First Ward and Perry sections of Buffalo. Read more…

Buffalo Business First: WNY Land Conservancy to open Elk Street office near proposed rail line project

Western New York Land Conservancy has long desired an urban presence. It’s slated to get one near one of its signature projects: a proposed linear park and public trail that extends about 1.5 miles, from the Canalside area to the Buffalo River near the Tesla factory. Read more…

Spectrum News: WNY Land Conservancy launching a park design competition

If you think you’ve got what it takes to design a park, then listen up! The Western New York Land Conservancy will soon be launching a design competition to transform an old South Buffalo rail line into usable green space. Read more…

WBFO: Land Conservancy improves First Ward intersections while looking toward the future

The Western New York Land Conservancy is looking for community input on how to best repurpose the abandoned DL&W rail corridor. The best way to do that? Talking to volunteers while completing short term projects. With the help of GObike Buffalo, that’s what they did this past weekend– striping crosswalks and creating curb extensions on two Hamburg Street intersections. Read more…

Buffalo Rising: Two Old First Ward Intersections Reap Traffic Calming Rewards

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can be most impactful. Take the recent urbanist effort by GObike Buffalo and the WNY Land Conservancy to create safer walkable neighborhoods in the Old First Ward. Over the weekend, the two organizations came together to install temporary street features, including painted bump outs with shamrocks on the pavement. The exercise was performed as a street calming initiative, at two intersections – Hamburg Street intersections at South Park and O’Connell – cross streets that have been sites of safety concern for pedestrians and cyclists. Read more…

Spectrum News: Making two busy First Ward intersections safer

This intersection here at the corner of South Park Avenue and Hamburg Street is one of the busiest in the city. Everyday thousands of cars, trucks, and even 18 wheelers pass through this busy intersection used by pedestrians and cyclists. Rebecca Riley of Go Bike Buffalo says that’s a formula for disaster. Read more…

WGRZ: Local intersections now safer for pedestrians, bikers

Pedestrian safety has become somewhat of a hot topic recently. In fact, when the Western New York Land Conservancy spoke with residents and businesses about developing the abandoned DL&W rail corridor into a park and nature trail, safety for pedestrians at nearby intersections kept coming up – specifically on Hamburg Street at South Park Avenue, and also O’Connell Street. Read more…

The Buffalo News: Conservancy wins grant for trail design competition

The Western New York Land Conservancy has received a $10,000 grant to conduct a design competition to convert a former rail line in Buffalo into a trail and linear park. Read more…

The Buffalo News: Grand Island nature sanctuary gets grant

The Western New York Land Conservancy has received $35,000 from New York state to support the creation of the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary. Read more…

Prescribed Burn at Stella Niagara Preserve

On Friday, May 18, 2018 the Western New York Land Conservancy conducted a prescribed burn at the Stella Preserve on Lower River Road in Lewiston. The preserve contains a beautiful restored grassland — one of the most threatened natural communities in New York State. Read more… 

Buffalo News: Land Conservancy wins DEC grant for Niagara Gorge restoration

The Western New York Land Conservancy’s “Restore the Gorge” plan for the Niagara River Gorge will be assisted with a $25,000 New York State Great Lakes Action Grant, announced Friday, May 4, 2018 by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Measures to control non-native invasive plants in wetlands and adjoining areas will add to the Conservancy’s larger multi-year effort to restore native plants throughout the gorge. Read more…

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Western New York Land Conservancy Awarded $85,000 In Grants From NYS Environmental Protection Fund

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance this week announced approximately $2.3 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 51 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Following Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York’s commitment to protecting the environment, the grantees were announced at a statewide land trust gathering in Albany. Read more…

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Goldfarb Financial’s ‘Money Talks’ Series To Highlight The DL&W Trail

Goldfarb Financial and the Western New York Land Conservancy welcome the public 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 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the historic Saturn Club in Buffalo. Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine provided by Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and hors d’oeuvres. Read more…

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Niagara Gazette: Making way for native species in the gorge

A reader came in to the Gazette the other day and he was visibly upset after spending some time in the Niagara Gorge. David St. Amour was walking his dog, a beagle-basset hound named Buddie, when he saw a multitude of healthy trees with double rings cut around their trunks in what he was certain was an attempt to destroy them. He could not believe anyone would do that. I promised him I would look into it. On Tuesday, I went for a walk with the spokesperson overseeing a $2.1 million project to restore the natural habitat in the gorge. David Spiering, conservation project manager from the WNY Land Conservancy, was happy to explain in hopes of answering the questions of other gorge visitors who might have the same concerns as St. Amour. Read more…

Community Invited to DL&W Trail Open House

The Western New York Land Conservancy is asking the public for input on their latest initiative — a proposed iconic, innovative and inspiring trail along the abandoned DL&W rail corridor in downtown Buffalo. The public is invited to attend an open house about the project on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the first floor café in the Larkin at Exchange Building. Advanced registration is requested at www.wnylc.org/events or by calling (716) 687-1225 if you don’t have access to the internet. Read more… 

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Award-Winning Author Doug Tallamy To Make ‘A Case For Native Plants’

The Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to Western New York. Dr. 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 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Niagara Power Vista. Read more…

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The Land Conservancy Begins Restoring the Gorge

The Niagara Gorge is comprised of unique ecological communities and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, the gorge is being overrun by non-native invasive plants species. To address this problem, the Land Conservancy is leading “Restore the Gorge” project, a multi-year effort done in collaboration with many partners to maintain and enhance the ecological diversity of the Niagara Gorge. Read more…

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Bringing Nature Downtown: New Life For An Old Rail Corridor

Along the old DL&W rail corridor, a ribbon of green runs from the Buffalo River across from Solar City to the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside. This land, which extends for a mile and a half through The Valley, The First Ward and the Perry neighborhood, is owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). These days the only thing that runs along the unused rail lines are deer, trees and wildflowers. Read more…

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2017 News Coverage

Project Unveiling: Land Conservancy Begins Work To ‘Restore The Gorge’

On Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy invites the community to attend a project unveiling at the Niagara Falls Public Library for their ecological restoration project in one of the most important natural places in the world — the Niagara Gorge. Land Conservancy staff and project consultants will present information about the project’s process and timeline. Everyone will have an opportunity to give feedback about the project. 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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