The Western New York Land Conservancy won The Robert T. Coles Award for Neighborhood Conservation from Preservation Buffalo Niagara in 2021. Preservation is about more than protecting individual buildings, it is also about protecting the special character of the places we love that are important to their communities. By providing permanent protection to land with significant conservation value, the Land Conservancy of Western New York provides a critical function in our preservation field. Their work ensures a future in which natural areas, working farmlands, wildlife habitats, and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character.
The Community Vision Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve, created by the Land Conservancy, Make Community, Darrel Morrison, and Landscapes of Place won awards from the WNY American Planning Association (APA) Section and Upstate NY APA Chapter for community engagement. With its 29 acres and over a quarter-mile of shoreline, the Stella Niagara Preserve is the largest privately-owned, undeveloped tract of land along the entire length of the Niagara River and is one of our region’s most ecologically and historically important places. The preserve is open to the public with walking trails and a kayak launch on the river.
The Clarence Greenprint program received the ‘Planning Excellence Award for Implementation’ from the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2014. The Land Conservancy helped the Town of Clarence identify and protect important forests and farms through the Greenprint program, which was funded through a $12.5 million bond voted for by Clarence residents.