Land Conservancy to Present Initial Concepts from ‘Vision Plan’ for the Stella Niagara Preserve | Environment
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.
The Land Conservancy has hired nationally-renowned landscape architect and habitat restoration specialist Darrel Morrison to develop a concept plan for the entire 29-acre preserve and to develop specific recommendations for habitat restoration and enhancement in the preserve’s meadow.
To guide activities and to inform the work that Darrel Morrison will do at the Stella Niagara Preserve, the Land Conservancy has been working to create a Vision Plan for the preserve. With the help of Anthony Armstrong from Make Communities, the Land Conservancy has held five focus group meetings this summer to solicit input from stakeholders in environment and ecology, culture and history, and community and preserve use.
The Land Conservancy will host a presentation to update the community on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road. At that meeting some of the early results of the Vision Plan process will be presented. Nancy Aten, who is teamed with Darrel Morrison, will present examples of previous work that are models for the Stella Niagara Preserve. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback.
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 open spaces, 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 accredited
by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and 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.