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Western New York Land Conservancy to hold annual meeting, reception at Buffalo History Museum

by jmaloni

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Tue, May 19th 2015 06:00 pm

The Western New York Land Conservancy has announced the 2015 annual meeting and reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at The Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park in the City of Buffalo.

Executive Director Nancy Smith said, "We are really looking forward to this year's annual meeting and anticipate a great turnout. This fun event is an important opportunity for our members to gather and celebrate our accomplishments in a festive setting. We also love for nonmembers to join us so they can learn more about the work that we do. We look forward to seeing everyone as we share stories of this year's conservation successes, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and plan for the year ahead."

Since 1991, the Land Conservancy has protected more than 6,000 acres of remarkable places throughout the region, and its impact continues to grow exponentially. The Land Conservancy saw much success in 2014, which began with the permanent protection of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in the Town of Aurora, as well as the 90-acre Meyer Farm in Eden Valley. The Land Conservancy also performed the first comprehensive inventory of the ecological, geological, scenic and cultural resources of the Niagara County portion of the Niagara Escarpment.

The Western New York and Upstate New York chapters of the American Planning Association awarded the Clarence Greenprint Program their 2014 Planning Excellence Award for Implementation.

Already this year, both the Mosher Farm in Clarence and the North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve have been permanently protected. To date, the WNYLC has raised more than $3 million on its most ambitious project ever, the Stella Niagara Preserve in the Town of Lewiston.

At the annual meeting, WNYLC will elect or re-elect several board members, including Robbyn Drake, Deborah Fenn and John Hughes. Drake is director of citizen action with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Fenn is a retired high school teacher from West Valley Central School and vice president of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail. Hughes worked as a civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, and is a member of the Town of Aurora Open Space Committee.

Tickets prices for the annual meeting are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To attend the event and support the Land Conservancy's work, RSVP by May 25 by calling 716-687-1225 or emailing [email protected]. In your message, indicate how many people will be attending, then send a check made payable to "Western New York Land Conservancy" to P.O Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052.

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.

WNYLC is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York. Land trusts have protected 40 million acres over the past 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or the mission of the WNYLC, call 716-687-1225, email [email protected] or visit www.wnylc.org.

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.

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