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Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston
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Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston


The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a private tour at the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The property on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and is owned by the Sisters of St. Francis. The Land Conservancy is working with the Sisters to acquire the property and create a publicly accessible nature preserve, and has already raised $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed. 

The executive director of the Land Conservancy, Nancy Smith, said “The Stella Niagara Preserve property is one of Western New York’s most scenic, ecologically important, and historically significant places.” At 29-acres and over a quarter-mile of shoreline, it is the largest remaining, undeveloped, privately-owned property along the Niagara River. Once the property is acquired, the Land Conservancy will open it to public access with walking trails, fishing access, and a place to put a kayak in the river.

Attendees of the private tour will learn from area experts about the property’s War of 1812 history, see its historic chapel and “sgraffito” murals, experience the natural beauty of the “five-mile meadow” and the “Stella landing,” and meet the Sisters of St. Francis who have been its stewards since 1907. Refreshments will be provided. 

Sister Edith Wyss, provincial minister of the Sisters of St. Francis, the current property owner, said “We are so happy that the Land Conservancy is working to protect this awe-inspiring and spiritually uplifting place for future generations to enjoy. The proceeds from the property sale will help us care for our sick and infirmed Sisters as well as support our ongoing ministries including our schools, educational and health programs for academically struggling, low-income, inner city youth at the Francis Center in Niagara Falls, and a women’s respite program for low-income single mothers, grandmothers raising grandchildren, and women with cancer.” 

The private tour on July 13 is a fundraiser for the Land Conservancy. Nancy Smith said “The Land Conservancy has a long history of protecting our region’s most important natural places. In fact, since 1991, we have protected more than 6,000 acres of forests, meadows, and farmlands, improving our environment, quality of life, and economy. In each and every case, individuals from the community were the heroes. Their financial and volunteer contributions made these accomplishments possible.” 

The cost to join the tour is $100 per person. Please RSVP by July 4 by paying in advance using the “Donate” option on the Land Conservancy’s website (www.wnylc.org) or by sending a check to P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, made payable to Western New York Land Conservancy. For more information or to donate to the Stella Niagara Preserve, contact the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations. The Land Conservancy envisions a future in which working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The Land Conservancy is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State. Land trusts have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.


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