Western New York American Planning Association: 2016 Award for Public Outreach

The Stella Niagara Preserve was chosen for the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association (APA) ‘2016 Public Outreach Award’. After purchasing the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston last year, we hired local consultant, Anthony Armstrong, and nationally-renowned landscape design team of Darrel Morrison and Nancy Aten to lead the way in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat at the preserve. Their incredible plans and designs were based on months of public input and unveiled at a public meeting in January. The response was overwhelmingly positive and work is underway now at Stella.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara: 2014 Award for Landscape Preservation

Award PhotoThe Mill Road Scenic Overlook was chosen for the 2014 Preservation Buffalo Niagara award for landscape preservation. As its name implies, the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook property in Aurora is one of the most scenic locations in our region and it is ideally located along the newly designated WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway. The property is also one of Aurora’s most important natural areas. It includes 18 acres of mature forest with a dense hemlock grove, an intermittent stream, a sedge marsh and 30 acres of open meadow that support rare grassland bird species including nesting populations of bobolinks. It is a frequent destination for those running and biking along Mill Road. By the end of 2013, in partnership with the Friends of Mill Road and the Town of Aurora, the Western New York Land Conservancy had helped raise $650,000 to protect the Mill Road Scenic Overlook. On December 30, 2013, the Town of Aurora purchased the property, and the Land Conservancy placed a conservation easement on it to protect it in perpetuity.

Western New York Section and NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association: 2014 Award for Implementation

awardThe Clarence Greenprint Program was chosen for the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association (APA) ‘Award for Outstanding Planning in the Implementation Category’ AND the New York Upstate APA ‘Planning Excellence Award for Implementation’. The awards were presented at the WNY APA’s annual dinner on May 15 and the Upstate APA’s luncheon on September 18. In November of 2002, Clarence residents overwhelmingly approved a $12.5 million bond authorization to fund the protection of open space, riparian corridors, scenic vistas, and farmland in the Town of Clarence in northern Erie County. The program is known as the ‘Greenprint.’ In 2003, the Clarence Town Board approved a resolution appointing the Western New York Land Conservancy as the agent in planning and implementing the Greenprint. Through 2014, Greenprint funds had been used to protect more than 1,300 acres of meadows, forests, wildlife habitat, scenic views, and working farms.