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Land Conservancy to Host Wildflower Hike at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve
Land Conservancy to Host Wildflower Hike at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve


Spring is finally here and the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a wildflower hike at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve to celebrate its arrival. The hike will take place on Saturday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Niagara Escarpment Preserve is a 36-acre property on Leete Road in Lockport, protected by the Land Conservancy in 2011. It is rich in flora and fauna because of its location on the Niagara Escarpment, a unique rock formation that extends 750 miles across Ontario and into Wisconsin. 

The wildflower hike will be led by Ed Fuchs, Joanne Schlegel and Erin Redding. Ed and Joanne are long-time members and past presidents of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, and Erin is an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers. Attendees will be able to see several unique woodland plants as they walk through the preserve’s mature hardwood forests.

“Before the trees in the hardwood forest have a full canopy, the sun is able to reach the forest floor and the spring ephemerals begin to bloom. This hike is a unique opportunity for people to learn about the ecological diversity of the Niagara Escarpment Preserve and to experience this local treasure firsthand,” said Nancy Smith, executive director of the Land Conservancy.

The hike is free and open to the public, but space is limited and attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or emailing info@wnylc.org. The hike is appropriate for people of all ages and will not be strenuous. The Land Conservancy will share directions and parking instructions with everyone who registers for the event. 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations. The Land Conservancy envisions a future in which open spaces, working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The Land Conservancy is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State. Land trusts have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.




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