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Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

 

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the Town of Aurora is now the proud owner of the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Land Conservancy now holds a conservation easement on the property, protecting it for the benefit of the community in perpetuity. When the weather warms, a scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the views at this property. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow.

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Snowflake Festival is always a highlight of the winter season, and it will be of special significance to Scouts this year.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch if they complete certain activities while at the Festival.

These activities will be the same that are available to all festival visitors: attending a program about birds of prey, watching the dog sled demonstrations, making a craft, taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, hiking with a naturalist, and more.

Scout Leaders are encouraged to sign up their groups to attend the Snowflake Festival.  When they arrive, Scouts will receive a checklist of “requirements” to complete throughout the day. When they complete at least four of them, they will be earn a Winter Fun Patch.

Video Highlights Land Conservancy’s Stella Niagara Preserve Efforts

Video Highlights Land Conservancy’s Stella Niagara Preserve Efforts

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy’s efforts to create the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston are featured in a new video produced by WGRZ-TV. The video is part of the “2 The Outdoors” series and originally aired on Dec. 15. 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is currently in the process of raising funds to purchase 29 acres of pristine land along the lower Niagara River, with the intent to make it a preserve that will be open to the public.

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Will be a Reality

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Will be a Reality

 

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the project $75,000, bringing a three-year fundraising effort to a successful conclusion.  

According to Robert Gioia, president of the foundation, “Our directors were impressed with the community’s commitment to open space planning and the partnership between the Town of Aurora, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the over 300 individual donors who contributed to ensure the protection of the Mill Road site.”

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success

 

Now in their final 90 days of fundraising, The Friends of Mill Road are excited to announce two additional major gifts, propelling the project closer to a successful finish before its Dec. 31 deadline.  

Not-So-Beautiful Nature

Not-So-Beautiful Nature

From Occasional 2 Your Town Contributor Larry Lowell:

It's easy to capture the beauty in nature. If it weren't for nature's ugly side would we appreciate the beauty as much? 

Shown above: The Garden spider Araneus diadematus 

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.