LEWISTON – The Western New York Land Conservancy announces that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a 29-acre nature preserve along the Niagara River within Stella Niagara Education Park in Lewiston.
The conservancy now has raised more than 80 percent of the $3.2 million needed to acquire the land from the Sisters of St. Francis and develop walking trails, provide fishing and kayak access, preserve historic buildings on the site and restore wildlife habitat.
The Gallogly Family Foundation, although based in Houston, Texas, has local ties. Its executive director, Kasey DeLuke, is a Buffalo resident and her in-laws live in Lewiston near Stella Niagara.
The conservancy and the newly-formed Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve hope to raise the remaining $540,000 for the project and purchase the property by next June. Donations can be made by visiting www.wnylc.org or by sending a check to the Western New York Land Conservancy at P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052.