A Message from Nancy Smith on the Land Conservancy’s Efforts to Stem the Spread of the Coronavirus

At the Land Conservancy, we are committed to taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of our community. As a result, we have cancelled the March 21st tree ID hike in the College Lodge Forest. All committee meetings, hikes, outings, and events through the end of April will be hosted as phone calls or video conferences, or will be rescheduled for a later date. And effective Monday, March 13th, all staff began working remotely from home.

These measures will be in place until public health officials deem that the unprecedented threat of the coronavirus no longer requires social distancing.

Thanks to you, our members, there are more protected places in Western New York for everyone to enjoy. Feeling cooped up at home? We encourage you to go for a hike in the woods and breathe in the rejuvenating scent of nature, or enjoy fresh, locally-sourced food provided to us by our farmers. Nature is a sanctuary. In these uncertain times, it is also a place where we can recharge. What could be more beneficial for the mind and body than a walk through the Stella Niagara Preserve listening to the music of spring songbirds? But if you go outdoors, please follow these four simple rules to stay safe and healthy:

  • If you are feeling ill, stay home
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other people at all times
  • Share the trail and warn others users as you pass
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting, and when you leave

P.S. Social distancing can be outdoors! Share your favorite photos with us of you enjoying nature, and our communications staff will post them on social media. Tag us or send photos to Kara Frisina at kfrisina@wnylc.org. We’re in this together.