Published on July 30th, 2013 | by growwny0
Big News from Our Partners at the WNYLC: Stella Niagara Preserve
BY JOSHUA BERES, THE GROWWNY TEAM
Recently, the Western New York Land Conservancy (WNYLC) took a huge step towards creating the Stella Niagara Preserve. In addition to the Niagara River Greenway Commission voting unanimously that the proposal was consistent with their plan; 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 WNYLC.
The property for the Stella Niagara Preserve is located on the river side of the Lower River Road in the Town of Lewiston. It sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and Center of Renewal (Google Maps Link). With 29 acres and over a quarter mile of shoreline, the preserve is the most ambitious and high profile project in the Land Conservancy’s twenty two year history. The WNYLC hopes to use this money to see its vision of a captivating preserve where the public can peacefully enjoy the surrounding nature come to life. Some features include a trail system, kayak/canoe access, and fishing grounds.
The WNYLC believes the site is important historically and vital to the survival of many local species of plants and animals. Aside from the several species of fish that depend on the shallow off shore area, there are rare birds that have made the Stella Niagara Preserve their home. In fact, the entire Niagara River is internationally designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area because it supports hundreds of thousands of migrating water birds, especially during winter months when all other water in the region is frozen. Historically, this section of the river was an important river access site for Native Americans who used to live in the area, and was also where the British invaded the United States in the War of 1812.
For more information on the WNYLC, visit www.wnylc.org or give them a call at (716) 687-1225.