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Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Celebrate Earth Day with Buffalo Olmsted Parks

Celebrate Earth Day with Buffalo Olmsted Parks

 

“A park is a work of art, designed to produce certain effects upon the minds of men.”

- Frederick Law Olmsted

 

Each year, Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The year, 1970, was a time of immense industry in America. Air pollution was at its height and there were few if any, legal consequences to harming the environment. During this time, a consciousness emerged that combined anti-war movements with environmental concerns. The national day of celebration, founded by Gaylord Nelson, was to focus on the environment.

 

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability.

And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint.

But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future?

Dr. Robin Kimmerer believes that the scientific community can apply traditional ecological knowledge in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge to reconnect people with the land.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Host Inaugural Gala

Western New York Land Conservancy to Host Inaugural Gala

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting its first annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Saturn Club. The Saturn Club was founded in 1885 and is housed in an elegant mansion in Buffalo on Delaware Avenue. There will be live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo and the event will include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner and dessert. 

Land Conservancy to Present Initial Concepts from ‘Vision Plan’ for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Initial Concepts from ‘Vision Plan’ for the Stella Niagara Preserve

 

After a $3.6 million fundraising campaign, the Western New York Land Conservancy recently purchased a 29-acre property on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. This property, called the Stella Niagara Preserve, is incredibly scenic, ecologically important and culturally significant. The Land Conservancy has already opened this new nature preserve to the public with walking trails, fishing and kayak access, and plans to restore and enhance wildlife habitat, protect the property’s historic structures and art, and steward the property into the future. 

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”