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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. 

Western New York Land Conservancy Launches New Member Drive

Western New York Land Conservancy Launches New Member Drive

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, a regional, not-for-profit land trust formed in 1991 to work with families, communities and farmers to permanently protect the region's most important forests, meadows and farms for future generations to enjoy, is holding a new member drive. 

 “By becoming a member, you will receive the Land Conservancy’s newsletter, invitations to special events and hikes at our preserves, and updates on conservation issues specific to our region,” said Executive Director Nancy Smith. “But most importantly, your membership will support our transformative land conservation work.”

Land Conservancy Awarded $500,000 for Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy Awarded $500,000 for Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy is now several steps closer to creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. On Tuesday, July 16, the Niagara River Greenway Commission voted unanimously that the proposed preserve was consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan. Less than a week later, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee approved a $500,000 funding request. This grant is the first money received for the more than $3 million project and is the largest single amount ever awarded to the Land Conservancy.  

Tim DePriest from the NYS DEC and chair of the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee said, “Creating the Stella Niagara Preserve will be an important milestone for the Niagara River Greenway. We are excited that the Land Conservancy has taken this project on.”   

National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom

National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom

Niagara Falls Park receives another installment of $125,000 extreme makeover

In what has become something of a rite of spring, more than 50 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park in Niagara Falls to continue efforts to beautify and transform this popular public park and community asset into one of Niagara County’s most picturesque and useful green spaces.  This is the fourth time in five years that National Grid volunteers have worked with city and neighbor organizations on projects in the park. 

Local Artist Brings Canvas to Life with Incredible Nature Scenes

Local Artist Brings Canvas to Life with Incredible Nature Scenes

Lancaster native Phillip Schulte has always loved the great outdoors. The avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman also happens to be a very talented artist specializing in acrylic painting. And now, his two passions have come together with the release of five prints — and the results are truly stunning.

The five acrylic painting available as prints include a peregrine falcon, steelhead trout, cheetah, grizzly bears and a Kestrel falcon. Additional wildlife prints will be available in the near future.

Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee Meets February 19

Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee Meets February 19

LEWISTON —The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 19, to review projects submitted for the latest round of funding. The committee has approved 27 projects to date, totaling more than $10 million, toward the establishment of the Niagara River Greenway in Erie County.

The meeting will be held at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, at 199 Lincoln Parkway in Buffalo. More information on the committee can be found at: http://niagara.nypa.gov/RelicensingGreenwayFunds/BuffaloErieGreenway/BEdefault.htm

The committee’s meeting agenda will include brief presentations by the sponsoring organizations of each of the Greenway projects submitted for funding. There are a total of 15 for which funding is being sought in the current round of requests. The pending awards are expected to be announced in March.

Public Comment Period on Covanta Project Announced by DEC

Public Comment Period on Covanta Project Announced by DEC

A Statement Released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

The proposed Covanta Niagara Rail-to-Truck Intermodal Facility located at 137 47th Street, Niagara Falls, in Niagara County has submitted a BCP application along with a Remedial Action Work Plan to address environmental contamination found on site.

A 45-day public comment period on this project is being held to allow community input on this application and work plan.

How to Comment:

DEC is accepting written comments about the project from January 16, 2013 through March 4, 2013.