Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club | Environment
The Western New York Land Conservancy is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The historic building is right on Lake Erie, and the spectacular second floor dining area and outdoor patio boast views of passing sail boats and the summer sunset.
The Land Conservancy welcomes members and non-members to attend. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the Land Conservancy community to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and plan for the year ahead. The evening will include drinks, hors d'oeuvres, an irresistible silent auction, awards ceremony and board member elections. We are honored to have Congressman Brian Higgins as our guest speaker.
Congressman Higgins said, “Our region is so fortunate to have rich natural resources which bring economic and quality of life benefits to our community. I have had the opportunity to work with the Land Conservancy, an organization that has shown real leadership on projects like the Mill Road Scenic Overlook, to protect unique public spaces for generations to come. These preservation efforts are important in rural and urban areas alike. In Buffalo, for example, we’ve really come to appreciate that the primary attraction at the waterfront is the water itself and we continue to strive to enhance and safeguard the natural experience at the water’s edge.”
Since 1991, the Land Conservancy has protected more than 6,000 acres of remarkable places throughout the region, and our impact continues to grow exponentially. At the end of 2013, we helped save the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora; its spectacular views and wildlife are now protected forever. At the beginning of 2014, we protected the 90-acre Meyer Farm in the fertile Eden Valley, our second protected farm in Eden in the past two years. On our most ambitious project ever, the Stella Niagara Preserve, we have already raised more than $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed to create this iconic 29-acre nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. This summer, we will host a series of free, public nature hikes on some of our most cherished protected properties like the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales and the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport.
At the annual meeting, we will be electing or re-electing several Board members, including Michael Alspaugh, Larry Brooks, David Hahn-Baker, Bart Roberts and Margaret Wooster from Buffalo, and Grace Meibohm from East Aurora. Michael is retired from the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. Larry is retired from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. David is a community leader and environmental activist. Bart is a research assistant professor at UB’s Regional Institute. Margaret is an environmental planner at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Grace is the owner of Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora.
Tickets prices for the annual meeting are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Additional donations are gratefully accepted. This year’s silent auction will include exciting items related to our work, like a private owl prowl on a Land Conservancy preserve and a weekend stay in a cottage at the Bryant Hill Nature Preserve in Cattaraugus County. The silent auction will also feature an outstanding selection of original artwork, regional wine and other gifts from local businesses. All items will be auctioned at the annual meeting and are valued from $50 to close to $1,000.
This year’s business sponsors include Holt Appraisals, Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., M&T Bank, Right Field Writing Works, and West Herr Automotive Group, Inc., at the Gold level; Otis Eastern Service, Inc., and Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola, LLC at the Silver level; and Aurora Outfitters, Bonadio & Co., LLP, Coulter Farms, Evans Bank, Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs, LaBella Associates, D.P.C., and Richard Pohlman, Esq. Attorney at Law at the Bronze level.
If you would like to attend the event and support the Land Conservancy’s work, please RSVP to the Land Conservancy by May 5 by calling 687-1225 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message, please indicate how many people will be attending, then send a check to P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, made out to the “Western New York Land Conservancy” ($35 members/ $45 non-members). You can also contact us if you would like to donate a silent auction item or sponsor the event.
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 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.