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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.”

The Land Conservancy currently boasts a portfolio of more than 60 protected properties in the region.

“In 2012, our members helped us reach an important milestone,” said Smith. “We now protect more than 5,000 acres of land in Western New York! And this year we celebrated the opening of the 112-acre Bryant Hill Preserve in Cattaraugus County. With the two largest individual donations to a Land Conservancy project ever, we are now close to protecting the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora. We are also working to protect several properties along the Niagara Escarpment in Niagara County, our second historic farm in the Eden Valley, and a Clarence property that includes one of only four intact oak savannas in all of New York.”  

“Additionally, we recently began our most ambitious and high-profile project to date: creating the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston,” Smith added. The 29-acre property, with over a quarter-mile of shoreline, supports rare plants and animals, was an important canoe landing site for the region's Haudenosaunee and is the very spot where the British landed in 1813 before capturing Fort Niagara. The Preserve will be ideal for walking trails, fishing and kayak access. It will be the first nature preserve along the Niagara River to be owned and operated by a not-for-profit, and it could be the first property acquisition funded by the Niagara River Greenway. When complete, the preserve will be a model for making the Niagara River Greenway a reality.”

For more information on becoming a member, call the Land Conservancy at 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org. To become a member or donate online, please visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/WesternNewYorkLandConserva/OnlineDonation.html.



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