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Land Conservancy Announces $1.8 Million Award for Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy Announces $1.8 Million Award for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that it was awarded $1,843,487 from the Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund (HERF) towards creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. The fund was created as part of the Niagara River Greenway from the Niagara Power Project Relicensing agreement. When combined with the $500,000 received from the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee earlier this year, the Land Conservancy will have received more than $2,300,000 of the $3,100,000 needed to create the first nature preserve along the Niagara River to be owned and operated by a not-for-profit. 

Western New York Land Conservancy Launches New Member Drive

Western New York Land Conservancy Launches New Member Drive

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, a regional, not-for-profit land trust formed in 1991 to work with families, communities and farmers to permanently protect the region's most important forests, meadows and farms for future generations to enjoy, is holding a new member drive. 

 “By becoming a member, you will receive the Land Conservancy’s newsletter, invitations to special events and hikes at our preserves, and updates on conservation issues specific to our region,” said Executive Director Nancy Smith. “But most importantly, your membership will support our transformative land conservation work.”

Land Conservancy Awarded $500,000 for Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy Awarded $500,000 for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy is now several steps closer to creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. On Tuesday, July 16, the Niagara River Greenway Commission voted unanimously that the proposed preserve was consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan. Less than a week later, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee approved a $500,000 funding request. This grant is the first money received for the more than $3 million project and is the largest single amount ever awarded to the Land Conservancy.  

Tim DePriest from the NYS DEC and chair of the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee said, “Creating the Stella Niagara Preserve will be an important milestone for the Niagara River Greenway. We are excited that the Land Conservancy has taken this project on.”   

Land Conservancy to Host Geology Hike Through Gorge at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Land Conservancy to Host Geology Hike Through Gorge at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a geology hike through the Hunter's Creek gorge at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. The hike will be led by Stan Radon, a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Radon teaches geology, energy and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo and Daemen College.

This popular hike is a great family outing for a hot August day. While walking through Hunter’s Creek, participants will examine the hundreds of colorful layers of rock in the gorge walls, and discuss the geology and natural history that made this astounding natural feature. Hikers will also visit a beautiful waterfall. 

$150,000 in Challenge Gifts for Mill Road Scenic Overlook

$150,000 in Challenge Gifts for Mill Road Scenic Overlook

The Friends of Mill Road, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora are very pleased to announce that they have received two challenge gifts for a total of $150,000. Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe stated, “We are so incredibly grateful to these two families for their leadership contributions that will create a community asset with extraordinary benefits for our entire region. We know that the overlook will enhance the economic vibrancy of our community and the health and enjoyment of our children and families by providing a new place to experience this incredible view.” 

Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

To say that the newest additions to the staff at the Western New York Land Conservancy — Jajean Rose-Burney and his wife Ana Hernández Balzac — have interesting resumes would be a dramatic understatement. While volunteers in the Peace Corps, Jajean and Ana spent 27 months in Puebla, Mexico, successfully tackling problems that often seemed insurmountable. 

Among other things, Jajean helped protect a globally important wetland twice the size of the city of Buffalo from rapid and unplanned urban development, while Ana enabled nearly 100 schools throughout the state of Puebla to become certified “Green Schools.”

Legislator Mills: Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day is Saturday

Legislator Mills: Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day is Saturday

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills reminds residents that the county is hosting a Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Erie Community College South Campus. Please enter from Big Tree Road - Route 20A via Abbott Road.