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WNY Land Conservancy trying to save "Mossy Point" in Wales from being developed

Posted at 4:45 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 13:09:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — It's the missing piece to having more than a thousand acres of public forest land for everyone to enjoy in Wales, right outside of East Aurora. In between Kenneglenn Nature preserve and Hunter's Creek County Park is a privately owned piece of land called Mossy Point.

The owner has a deal with the WNY Land Conservancy to sell the 222 acre property for $1.6 million. The Land Conservancy has already raised $1.1 million and needs to raise $500,000 more to purchase the land and make it open to the public. You can find the link to donate here.

The Conservancy says they plan to make walking trails, have cross country skiing trails, and keep many homes for wildlife.

Thursday there will be a fundraiser hosted at Knox Farm. Today is the last day to RSVP.

Save Mossy Point Fundraiser
When: October 24, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Mansion at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora
Cost: Free to attend, but please consider making a donation to Mossy Point
RSVP: email Kyle Semmel at ksemmel@wnylc.org or call 716-687-1225 ext. 112

Jajean Rose-Burney hopes this event will help bring more awareness of the deadline to purchase the land and help bring in the needed money to save the nature sanctuary. There will be a silent auction and 42 North Brewing has made a special Mossy Point IPA.

"This place is threatened and we don't have a lot of time and it's a really cool place," Jajean Rose Burney, Deputy Director for the WNY Land Conservancy said. "We know a lot of people in the community love it already and so many people will be able to fall in love with it once it is open to the public."

The dealine to purchase the land is December 31st.