The vision for the Houghton Conservation Area is to create improved public access, while maintaining the habitat for native vegetation and local wildlife. We hope to engage the community so they can enjoy this Buffalo treasure while helping to restore and preserve the natural ecosystem for generations to come. Public access in the Houghton Conservation Area is currently available but could be improved by establishing a dedicated trail system. As a first step, the BNRLT will hold public meetings to gather input from community members. Stay tuned for details!
Specific goals include:
• Maintaining the land in its open and natural condition, protecting scenic and natural features for birds, fish, and wildlife.
• Providing opportunities for recreational use.
• Limiting development and prohibiting subdivision to protect the existing habitat to conserve and protect these natural resources.
The Houghton Conservation Area is bounded to the north by a Houghton Park parking lot and a succession of non-Park parcels and City Streets, including Spann Street, Fredro Street, Gorski Street, Weiss Street and Weimar Street. The Area generally is situated near or meets residential lots along these streets. It is bound to the south by the Buffalo River, the shoreline of which is a steep embankment.
An initial public meeting was held on August 24, 2022 to introduce the BNRLT to the Kaisertown community.
View the PowerPoint slides
See Drone Video of the Conservation Area
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Review the Conservation Easement Do’s and Don’ts to learn about what can and cannot be done in the conservation area.
Four public meetings were held between January and April 2023 to gather input from the community regarding improvements they would like to see in the Houghton Conservation Area.
Review the Houghton Engagement Report, which includes outcomes from the meetings as well as input gathered from an online survey.
Diagram of Existing Conditions
Diagram of Visioning Concept