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WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state on April 20. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County. 

Another Clarence Greenprint Success: Mosher Farm Protected in Perpetuity

Another Clarence Greenprint Success: Mosher Farm Protected in Perpetuity

 

Today, the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 43-acre Mosher Farm on Keller Road in Clarence, protecting that land in perpetuity. Since purchasing the property in 2009, the Town of Clarence has leased the land to local farmers for agricultural use. Protecting the Mosher Farm was made possible by the innovative and award-winning Clarence Greenprint, an open space preservation program that provides funding for conserving natural land and farmland. 

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. 

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Monkelbaan Farm in Amherst Protected for Farming in Perpetuity

Monkelbaan Farm in Amherst Protected for Farming in Perpetuity

 

Last week, the Town of Amherst and the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 67-acre Monkelbaan Farm on Hopkins Road in Amherst, protecting that land for farming in perpetuity. The farm’s development rights were purchased with $357,120 from a NYS Ag and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant and $75,507 from the Town of Amherst. The property owners also contributed a portion of the easement’s value through a bargain sale of the development rights.     

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy was recently awarded $50,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, N.Y. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.7 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Additional donations from the community are needed soon if the Stella Niagara Preserve is to become a reality.