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Western New York Land Conservancy Opens Stella Niagara Preserve to the Public

Western New York Land Conservancy Opens Stella Niagara Preserve to the Public

 

On Tuesday morning, July 7, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve cut a ribbon to open the Stella Niagara Preserve to the public and to celebrate the hundreds of supporters who made the creation of the preserve a reality. The Land Conservancy purchased the 29-acre Stella Niagara Preserve property from the Sisters of St. Francis at the end of May after a successful multi-year campaign that raised more than $3 million for the project. 

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park, Buffalo. The Buffalo History Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1901 for the Pan-American Exposition and is the only surviving permanent structure from the exposition. 

North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve Protected Forever with a Conservation Easement

North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve Protected Forever with a Conservation Easement

 

Yesterday, the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on a 28-acre portion of the 36-acre North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve, also known as Klydel Wetlands. The preserve is one of the largest remaining areas of open space within the city limits of North Tonawanda. It is owned by the Buffalo Audubon Society, with some portions co-owned by the Land Conservancy. The conservation easement will help ensure that the property remains a community asset, open and natural in perpetuity. 

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. 

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.