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Land Conservancy seeks to buy woods and two waterfalls

A $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has brought the Western New York Land Conservancy past the halfway point in raising funds to buy Jackson Falls, a pristine 57-acre wooded property in the Town of Aurora that includes two waterfalls.

The Land Conservancy has signed an agreement with the owners of property, the grandchildren of Cecil Jackson, one of the last Roycrofters, who want to see their family’s legacy preserved. The property, which lies southeast of Center Street and Hubbard Road, includes mature headwater forests on Mann’s Creek, which flows through a 100-foot deep ravine and over two waterfalls.

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls, a 30-member community group, have until Oct. 31 to raise the remainder of the $600,000 purchase price and prevent the land from being subdivided. Donations are being accepted by the Land Conservancy at