11Aug 2017

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. […]

23Jun 2017

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 […]

17Apr 2017

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.

2Feb 2017

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:

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 […]

12Jan 2017

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 […]

15Dec 2016

As 2016 comes to a close…

Watch this video of all we’ve done together!

As 2016 come to a close, I want to thank you for leading the way on conservation in Western New York. You accomplished so much this year. I would like to share a short video that shows how much you mean to us at the Land Conservancy, and how much you mean to our region.

Click here to enjoy this video 

You can continue your commitment to conservation by donating to the Land Conservancy. If you donate before December 31, your contribution will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous $15,000 challenge gift. If you have already donated, thank you!

– Nancy Smith, Executive Director

23Nov 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

You make conservation happen in Western New York and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Click here to enjoy this video

18Nov 2016

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Fall Newsletter, Tonawanda Tomorrow, and more!

Protected Forever: The Owens Falls Sanctuary

The Land Conservancy is now the official owner of The Owens Falls Sanctuary! Thank you for all you’ve done this year to save this incredible place. By protecting places like Owens Falls all of nature’s benefits, like clean air and water, are safeguarded for humankind and wildlife alike. We owe the success of this project to you!

However, the preserve is not yet open to the public. We still have a lot to do, including developing a trail system and determining where visitors will park their vehicles and enter the property. We know you’re excited to visit, but we appreciate your patience as we work to open the preserve. In the meantime, please check our events web page and future email blasts for guided tours of the property!

A New Project in the Niagara Gorge 

We just received word that we will be able to restore wildlife habitat in the Niagara Gorge starting next year. The Gorge is one of the most important places in the world for plants and animals and this is our chance to help restore this natural wonder.

The Greenway Ecological Standing Committee has agreed to fund the project, which will include wildlife habitat restoration work, invasive species removal, and adding native plants. We will bring in landscape designers Darrell Morrison and Nancy Aten, who designed the Stella Niagara Preserve, create a new grassland overlooking the gorge. Stay tuned for updates in the coming year…

Our Fall Newsletter is out now!

A new fall edition of The Resource is hot off the presses and is on […]

18Oct 2016

Special Member Price for Voice & Viola


Special Member price – $50 for Voice & Viola at Kenneglenn

This Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

There are still a few tickets left for Voice & Viola, a celebration of autumn color in music, poetry, and nature presented by poet Robert M. Giannetti and violist Leslie Bahler.

We are pleased to offer a special ticket price for Land Conservancy members, $50 each. This talented duo pairs music from folk and classical traditions with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s enchanting autumn setting. Attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Please purchase your tickets by Wednesday, October 19. All proceeds will support the work of the Land Conservancy. Buy your tickets today!

3Oct 2016

Voice & Viola Event at Kenneglenn, New Rail Trail Opening, and more!

Voice & Viola at Kenneglenn

Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Join us for a celebration of autumn color in music, poetry, and nature presented by poet Robert M. Giannetti and violist Leslie Bahler. This talented duo pairs music from folk and classical traditions with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s enchanting autumn setting. Attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. If weather permits, this will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds will support the work of the Land Conservancy. Buy your tickets today.

Grand Opening for Springville Rail Trail on October 5th

Our friends at the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail invite you to the grand opening of the Springville section of the trail on October 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet at the trailhead across from the historic train depot in Springville. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Success at our 25th Anniversary Gala

On Wednesday, September 21st, more than 275 people gathered at Statler City in downtown Buffalo to celebrate our 25th Anniversary at the Land Conservancy’s Gala. Led by celebrity emcee Steve Tasker, attendees enjoyed live gypsy jazz music, watched some of our most dedicated members–Kathy Lasher and Joanne Schlegel–receive awards, honored Gerry Rising for his inspirational nature writing, enjoyed a delicious dinner, and participated in a live auction led by famed auctioneer Cash Cunningham! An anonymous donor contributed a $15,000 challenge gift in support of the Land Conservancy’s work, which was matched thanks to the generosity of the gala […]