Help save the college forest!


Back in June, I wrote about the importance of efforts to protect the natural environment called College Lodge Forest in Western NY. At the time, the community was only learning about this possibility of suddenly protecting and preserving this land of tree species – its fragile ancient ecosystem is still in danger of disappearing suddenly and for everything.

At the time I sent the call to action, the urgency was pretty good, but it doesn’t look like it is now. This is because Friends of Lodge Forest College and the Conservation of Earth in West New York have until the end of the year to raise funds to purchase forests that are home to rare wildlife, colorful orchids, and carnivorous plants. The land also preserves one of the last remaining adult forest gardens in the area!

This remarkable feature is located at the peak of the continental distribution. When it rains into the forest, some of the water flows into Lake Erie and the Atlantic Ocean, and the other part into the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, the race is on for a $ 200,000 prize pool with a $ 790,000 fundraising goal. While this may seem like a lot of money, this number isn’t too high if you take into account the specific value of the land, which should be considered invaluable, because after leaving раф

Photo by Kara Frisina – Autumn Landscape

One time land to be purchased, Land protection becomes a property manager. In addition to protecting property, land also includes a public component, including historic housing, hiking, snowballing, and touring the country. Otherwise, if not protected, the land could note that this is a slope at best. At the time, that’s a lot. But nature lovers in Western NY won’t let this happen, hopefully.

What to do? This is an opportunity to donate (large or small). Why not consider giving a gift in the name of a boy or a girl or one of the older children, as this is a land that future generations will appreciate.

“Although our community has ways to reach the finish line,” says Nancy Smith, executive director of land conservation, “land conservation is fully committed to keeping older forests healthy. We look forward to the day when Lodge Forest College becomes one of the first in the area.” we will join the Growing Forests Network. Over and over again, our community has shown how much we appreciate natural places like College Lodge Forest. ”

Older forests are from some of the most diverse places in the world, and they play a crucial role in slowing climate change.

As part of the fundraising event, Conservancy Land on October 29 hosted a free virtual event featuring Joan Malouf, a well-known national writer, emerging professor and founder of the Old Forest Network, who will discuss her book. Temples of Nature: A complex world of adult forests. Attendees will also hear from Deputy Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Rose-Bernie on how they can save the Lodge College forest.

Photo from Merchant Separation – CLF from above

“Thanks to the conservation community of Western New York,” Malouf says, “Lodge College Forest has long been on our radars as a forest of significant value. Such adult forests are essential for the further success of all species of plants and animals that form a complex network of life on earth, including our gardens. We no longer have a chance to lose them. ”

Once the community reaches its goal of raising funds, the Land Conservation will purchase 168 hectares of 201 acres of property.

The public is invited to participate in this free event, but anyone wishing to watch must register on the Conservatory’s website. WNYLC.ORG. Before the start of the event, all registrants will receive a link to watch it on YouTube. Although the event is free, Land Protection encourages all registrants to donate to save the College Lodge forest.

A word for the trees: How can you save our old growth at College Lodge Forest

Where: October 29, 2019, 7: 00-20: 00 EDT

Where: YouTube

Register online at

The community with gifts from small to large, but donors have stepped up their gifts all united behind a consistent goal of protecting Lodge College’s forests. For larger donations, naming opportunities remain. They include:

  • One donor of $ 200,000 can name the reserve
  • A donor who has $ 100,000 can name an older garden in their honor (Protected)
  • A donor of $ 100,000 can name a bover pool in their honor
  • A donor of $ 50,000 could own a small island named in their honor (Protected)
  • A $ 50,000 donor can name a poultry farmer in their honor
  • A donor with $ 50,000 can have a pedestrian bridge named in their honor.
  • A donor of $ 50,000 can have a panoramic view of the Bover Pool in their honor. (Protected)
  • Donors with $ 20,000 may have a seat in the outdoor amphitheater named after them.
  • Donors who have $ 10,000 or more will have their name placed on a memorial plaque
  • Donors who have $ 2,000 or more will be recognized in the Conservancy Land letter

If you are interested in learning more about the conservative work of West New York, contact the office at (716) 687-1225 or: If you would like to donate to save the College Lodge forest, you can donate online at or send a check to email 471, East Aurora, NY 14052.

If you would like to visit, Forest College Lodge is located at 8067 Route 380 Brocton, NY 14716. For more details on the forest, see

Main image: Photo by Priscilla Titus – Cloudy trees

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