National and International Organizations
The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that supports the work of individual land trusts by helping them protect land, promoting best practices, and advocating for important state and federal legislation. Their website has excellent information about land conservation and land trusts.
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. They work in cities, wilderness areas, and on working farms and forests throughout the United States.
The Open Space Institute protects scenic, natural and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat, and sustain communities in much of North America. The OSI produces numerous studies relevant to conservation each year, found on their website.
The Nature Conservancy is one of the leading conservation organizations working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Their website includes scientific studies on conservation.
American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Their website has useful studies and reports about farmland protection.
The Western New York Environmental Alliance (the Alliance) is an umbrella group that strengthens the work of our region’s environmental community by increasing collaboration among organizations working on environmental issues; developing consensus around a Shared Agenda for Action, a blueprint for action on regional environmental issues; and attracting resources to support the Shared Agenda. The Alliance website, GrowWNY, features an array of articles and blog posts about our region’s environment and environmental organizations.
The League of Women Voters is a trusted nonpartisan volunteer organization. Their members do the hands-on work to encourage an informed electorate and to advocate for civic improvement. The League of Women’s Voters engages in many advocacy campaigns, including campaigns about environmental issues and smart growth.
Not an organization, One Region Forward is a broad-based, collaborative effort to promote more sustainable forms of development in Erie and Niagara counties. The primary deliverable of One Region Forward will be a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, a federally recognized document that will give our region priority status for funding opportunities. Its website includes the “Buffalo Niagara Plan Library,” a comprehensive collection of planning documents for Erie and Niagara counties.
NREC is a coalition of environmental organizations whose group efforts smoothly ensure the ecological protection and restoration of the Niagara River within the concept of the Niagara River Greenway.
Other Nearby Land Trusts
The Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust serves a need in the community to provide access to public waterfront spaces and rejuvenate the natural beauty of the Niagara Region. Officially founded in 2012, this organization was created to focus solely on the protection of waterfront properties through acquisition and regeneration of real property.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy works to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of the lakes, streams, and watersheds of the Chautauqua region.
The Genesee Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waterways that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Rochester region – providing wildlife habitat, locally grown food, and connections to nature.
The Genesee Valley Conservancy is dedicated to open space preservation in the Genesee Valley region of Western New York.
The Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project
In 2012, the Land Conservancy was awarded $316,673 from the Niagara Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to perform the first comprehensive inventory of the ecological, geological, scenic, and cultural resources of the Niagara County portion of the Niagara Escarpment. Click the following link to download the final May 2014 Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project report. Click the following link to download the Appendices.
Gardening with Native Plants
The Western New York Guide to Native Plants in Your Garden, by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper in 2014, includes descriptions of numerous native plants that are easy to find, easy to use, great for wildlife, and beautiful.
The Economic Benefits of Land Conservation
The Economic Benefits of Land Conservation, by the Trust for Public Land in 2007, includes numerous studies that demonstrate that conservation is not an expense, but an investment that pays many dividends, including economic ones.
Economic Benefits of Open Space Preservation
The Economic Benefits of Open Space Preservation, by the New York State Comptroller in 2010, calculates the impact that preserving open space has on the New York State economy. These impacts come from ecosystem services, agriculture, tourism, and outdoor recreation.
Aurora Open Space Plan
The Aurora Open Space Plan (2010), adopted by the Town of Aurora, identifies priority properties in the town for conservation. The Open Space Committee worked collaboratively with the Town Board, Planning Board and residents to develop the recommendations in the plan.
Off To A Good Start: The Land Conservancy Turns Twenty
The Land Conservancy published Off to a Good Start after twenty years of work. The report highlights our history, important accomplishments, and the people that made our work possible.