Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

History

The Peconic Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1983 by John v.H. Halsey and a small group of local residents to ensure the protection of Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since 1983, the Trust has worked diligently with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect nearly 11,000 acres of land, conserving more working farms on Long Island than any other private conservation organization, and securing millions of dollars from the public and private sector for land protection.
What this means to you:

Land Conservation Benefits the Community

The Trust’s important work benefits the people and communities of Long Island by helping to protect our area’s scenic beauty and rural heritage. The Trust’s work to conserve these natural resources will have significant impact for generations to come:

Stewardship Enables Our Resources to Thrive

In addition to land protection, we know the importance of stewardship. Trust staff members employ innovative techniques to help farmers, landowners, and municipalities maintain the natural resources of Long Island. Our current stewardship projects include:

. . . and the countless land renewal projects that are restoring natural resources throughout our communities.

Education is Fundamental to Our Future

The Trust also embraces the idea that education is a critical component to any conservation program. We regularly provide hiking events, lectures, family-oriented activities -- like birdhouse building workshops, nature walks and beach explorations -- and many other interesting outreach events. Our staff also maintains walking trails through protected lands so that residents, visitors and children can learn and enjoy the benefits of land conservation.

Today, the Peconic Land Trust is a national land trust leader, providing creative approaches to land conservation and stewardship, and supporting legislation and regulations that help conserve our environment for future generations. We are a proud supporting member of the Land Trust Alliance, the pre-eminent service provider to the private land conservation community, and the Long Island Farm Bureau. Our governing board and staff of professionals are committed to the importance of our mission.

Funding our Conservation Efforts

Approximately 60% of the Trust's budget comes from charitable donations while the remaining 40% is fee income from planning and stewardship services provided to clients.  A common misperception, however, is that the Peconic Land Trust collects and distributes the monies raised through the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund (the CPF is also referred to as the 2% land transfer tax or the Peconic Land Tax). This is NOT the case. The CPF is a public program managed by each of the five East End Towns for the protection of farmland, open space and community character.