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Group receives $768,000 to buy land for nature preserve on Grand Island

The Western New York Land Conservancy has obtained $768,000 in grants to purchase a 140-acre forest surrounding Assumption Cemetery on Grand Island and it is seeking to raise an additional $600,000 from the public for walking trails, habitat restoration and maintenance of the preserve.

The Niagara River Greenway provided a $568,000 grant and an additional $200,000 was given by the Gallogly Family.

The new preserve will be called the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctury.

The land off Whitehaven Road is owned by Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Its director Carmen Colao said creating the nature preserve will mean that the land surrounding the cemetery will remain "forever located in a peaceful and tranquil setting surrounded by a vast and inspiring forest."

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