The Western NY Wildway: A Bold Plan for 21st Century Land Conservation in Our Region
The Western New York Land Conservancy and their partners are developing a new landscape-scale conservation initiative that is centered on protecting and connecting some of the most climate resilient lands in the Great Lakes region: the Western New York Wildway. The Wildway is a proposed corridor of protected core forests and linkages that will connect the vast forests of Alleghenies to the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, Catskills, Adirondacks, and beyond. It will be a crucial link in the Wildlands Network’s Eastern Wildway, an ambitious planned network of wildlands from Eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and it will be part of our region’s attempt to make good on E.O. Wilson’s goal of protecting half the Earth. Join Jajean Rose-Burney of the Land Conservancy and John Jablonski of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy as they discuss what the Wildway is, why it matters, and how it will be developed.