Who We Are

The Western New York Land Conservancy is an accredited regional not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 land trust that works with landowners, municipalities, and other organizations to help them conserve their most cherished natural areas and working farms. Our service area includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties, a total of more than 8,000 square miles.


From the Appalachian foothills to the south, to the shores of two of North America’s Great Lakes, and over one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders, Niagara Falls, Western New York is one of the most fascinating and bountiful natural places in the entire world. Forests, meadows, lakes, streams, farms, orchards, and vineyards abound. The region is witness to the dramatic changes of all four seasons, great migrations of fish and wildlife, and harvests that have sustained people for many millennia. We are all the stewards of this immense natural wealth. Like the many visionary people who protected some of these places in the past for us to enjoy today, the Western New York Land Conservancy is working to protect the remaining special places for the next 100 generations.

We protect land through the use of conservation easements, property acquisitions, and by assisting transactions between other parties. Since we were founded in 1991, we have helped protect more than 7,000 acres of land on more than 80 properties throughout Western New York. We are one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State, which have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years.

Please contact us to learn about how to protect a property, learn about our current projects, come to an event or hike, or support our work. We look forward to meeting you!


A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained from the NYS Attorney General’s Charity Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York 10271