Fundraiser to save Mossy Point

Date(s) - Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Knox Farm State Park


The Western New York Land Conservancy will kick off a final fundraising push to save Mossy Point with a fundraiser to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 24 at the Mansion at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora.

Attendees will hear stories from people in the community who want to save Mossy Point, and they will have multiple opportunities to donate, including a silent auction. 42 North Brewing Company in East Aurora is producing a special Mossy Point IPA for the event using locally grown ingredients, and Arrowhead Springs Vineyards in Lockport is donating wine.

It is free to attend, but the organizers would like you to consider making a donation to Mossy Point.

RSVP by Oct. 22. To RSVP, email Kyle Semmel at or call 716-687-1225, ext. 112

If you would like to donate to save Mossy Point, you can donate online at or send a check to P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052.

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of Mossy Point have now raised nearly $1.1 million dollars toward the purchase and protection of Mossy Point, a 222-acre property located in South Wales. They need to raise an additional $500,000 by December 31, 2019 in order to purchase the property and create a new nature preserve on the site. If the community doesn’t save the land by the end of this year, its forests could be cut and developed, lost forever.

Mossy Point is adjacent to Kenneglenn, land already protected by the Land Conservancy. Once purchased, the Mossy Point property would combine with Kenneglenn to become an integral part of a new, 1,100 acre preserve that will include walking, cross-country, and snowshoe trails, and it will allow the public access to a lush patch of forest. The combined preserve will also feature an object never before seen in New York State: a nature “megaphone.” A nature megaphone is a wooden cone-shaped “bench” that absorbs and amplifies sound naturally. Instead of making noise, the megaphone will allow visitors of all ages to sit inside and listen to the sounds of the forest, the songs of birds, and the babbling waters of Hunters Creek.

Mossy Point is at the headwaters of the Niagara River and is a vital component of a much larger ecosystem, one that safeguards the Niagara watershed, the source of our region’s fresh water. By protecting this property, the community will protect fresh drinking water for future generations and prevent flooding in Erie County.

If you are interested in learning more about the Western New York Land Conservancy’s work, contact the office at (716) 687-1225 or