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New trail system and public access for Grand Island forested wetland

The Western New York Land Conservancy is celebrating the start of a new conservation project in Grand Island at the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

Its 145 acres of forested wetland on Whitehaven Road. The land conservancy plans to create a system of trails throughout the property. Work on the trail system is set to start next year.

Nancy Smith is the executive director of the Land Conservancy. She says this project has benefits that stretches throughout the region.

“I think the benefits are several, the habitat, the water quality,” she said.  “And, it’s a place to connect people with nature. We’re protecting a natural resource, but we’re also providing an asset for the community to spend time in nature we all need water quality.”

The property was purchased from the Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese. The property surrounds an existing cemetery.

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Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary / WNY Land Conservancy
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Angelica A. Morrison
Angelica A. Morrison is a multimedia journalist with over a decade of experience in the field.