Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

What's New

Check back often to see the latest news regarding land conservation on Long Island.

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Conservation News

Forge RiverForge River Conservation: In early September, 2014, the Trust with encouragement from local residents, the Town of Brookhaven, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Department of Agricultural purchased a 4+ acre parcel on the peninsula of the Forge River in Mastic Beach from the Stony Brook Foundation. The property will be restored to its natural state. Interested in learning more and getting involved in this conservation effort, contact Project Manager Kim Quarty. The Trust expects to receive a grant from the USDAs through its Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds, which will be used to purchase an easement from the Trust and extinguish all development rights on the property.  An article on the conservation effort appeared in the September 24 edition of the Long Island Advance

Hayground FarmHayground Farm: The Peconic Land Trust issued an RFP for farmers to lease the farmland at Hayground Farm in Bridgehampton, located on Route 27. The lease includes 24.6 acres of Bridgehampton silt loam soils and a one acre farm stand location. The lease terms will be for five years, beginning in 2015. Click here for details.  

DanilevskyDanilevsky Farmland:  The Peconic Land Trust purchased 33 acres of prime agricultural land in the hamlet of Water Mill from the estate of Charlotte Danilevsky. The Town of Southampton is an important partner in the acquisition, purchasing the development rights (PDR) on the farmland -- including new additional restrictions that will ensure the land is accessible to food production farmers at its true agricultural value in the future. 

The Trust has issued an RFP to sell the farmland to qualified farmers. Click here for details.

Sylvester ManorSylvester Manor:  The Peconic Land Trust assisted Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, which received a gift of 141 acres from Eben Fiske Ostby on June 23, 2014.  The Peconic Land Trust is pleased to have been able to help Mr. Ostby and the Farm in this successful transition.  The Trust has worked with Mr. Ostby and his nephew, Bennett Konesni, founder of the Farm on a conservation plan for the Manor since 2008.  This latest gift includes 141 acres and ownership of the Manor house and grounds.  Previously, Mr. Ostby had donated 83 acres of historic fields and pastures to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and a 22 acre conservation easement to the Peconic Land Trust. 

Krupski1772 Foundation/Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm:  In mid-May, the Peconic Land Trust was notified that it will receive a grant of $35,000 from the 1772 Foundation, administered by the Land Trust Alliance. The grant will cover some of the expenses associated with the Trust's Like-Kind Exchange with Al and Mary Krupski announced in April 2014.  This is the second grant the Trust has received from the 1772 Foundation. The first was in 2013 for $50,000 toward the acquisition of the Dickerson farmland, which is now part of the Trust's Agricultural Center at Charnews Farms along with the Krupski farmland. The Ag Center is home to the Trust's Farms for the Future Initiative on the North Fork, which now includes 98 acres of land. We thank the 1772 Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance for their support of the Trust's Farms for the Future Initiative.

Also, read the recent article in the Suffolk Times on the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm. 

Community Conservation Projects

Stony Hill Stony Hill Stables: The Peconic Land Trust and the Town of East Hampton have agreed to partner on the acquisition of development rights on the Stony Hill Stables property, located on Town Lane in Amagansett. The Hotchkiss family, owners of the property, have offered to sell the development rights on the property. By selling the development rights to the Town and the Trust, the Hotchkiss family is forever relinquishing the right to develop the property residentially or otherwise. In addition to their desire to see the property preserved for the benefit of the community, the sale will provide the family with the funds necessary to sustain the current operations of the stables into the future.

WeigleyWeigley Family Farm:  The Peconic Land Trust is partnering with the Town of East Hampton in the purchase of development rights of the Weigley Family Farm on Main Street and Beach Lane in Wainscott.  By selling the development rights, the land will be protected from development in perpetuity.  The parcel is adjacent to the Babinski farm that the Trust had previously partnered with the Town of East Hampton to purchase the development rights in 2006. 

Peconic Land Trust Recognition

John HalseyJohn v.H. Halsey Honored:  The Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Board honored Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey for his his leadership, commitment and innovation. The award was presented by LTA NY Advisory Board chair Seth McKee of Scenic Hudson, and former Chair Becky Thornton of Dutchess Land Conservancy at the 2014 NYS Land Conservation Summit in West Point.  John was presented with a beautiful image of the Hudson Valley by noted photographer Steve Gordon, with an inscription: To John Halsey and the Peconic Land Trust for their outstanding leadership, spirit of innovation and generous support of New York's land conservation community. Together we are saving the places that New Yorker's love. And, includes the quote: "I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own," Andy Warhol.  Read press release.

ImagineImagine Awards:  The Peconic Land Trusts Farm for the Future Initiative has won the Social Impact award at the 2nd Annual Long Island Imagine Awards from Cerini and Associates.  Over 100 non-profits submitted applications in 5 categories, the winners were announced at a gala event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on May 6, 2014.  For more information click here.  The Trust was the only non-profit nominated in two categories -- in addition to the Social Impact Award, Trust President John v.H. Halsey was one of four finalist in the Leadership category. 

As part of the Awards program, video interviews with each of the finalists were produced. Watch Now: Social Impact and Leadership.

WPPBWPPB Honors John v.H. Halsey:  Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey received the first Community Leader Award from WPPB 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting on September 15.  In making the announcement, WPPB said: "John's work has impacted every person who lives in our community, and has positively affected the quality of life in our region. . . John quietly leads in our community in many ways -- through his work on various Boards of other not-for-profit organizations that serve our community, contributing his vision and insights to making our community a better place to live, through his dedication, constancy, and caring of individuals here, as a leader in his field of land conservation, and as a leader among the Not-for-Profit community on Long Island and the New York Region."  

RebeccaOutstanding Fundraising Executive Award:  The Peconic Land Trust is pleased to announce that Rebecca A. Chapman, Vice President of Philanthropy, is being honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island chapter as Outstanding Fundraising Executive.  Rebecca will be honored at the associations annual Philanthropy Day on November 14, 2014. 

30 Years of Milestones

Take a moment to look back at some of our milestones in conservation, all of which were made possible by you through your support and dedication to protecting Long Island's working farms, natural lands, and heritage.  Included are only a few of the nearly 500 projects that the Trust has worked on with landowners, government agencies, partner organizations, donors and communities.  We look forward to working with you for the next 30 years and beyond to protect what we know and love on Long Island.  Download the pdf (4.3 MB).

Watch Now!Growing Farmers

Growing Farmers, documentary produced by the Peconic Land Trust, with director Michael Halsband and co-producer Hilary Leff. Premiered at 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival where it received the Audience Choice Award. The film explores the Trust's works with farmers on Long Island's East End. Watch now! The New Farmers

The New Farmers, video blog/documentary produced by Newsday and News12LI, by director Chris Ware. September 2013 exploring the opportunities and challenges for new farmers on Long Island. Watch now! 

Out Here in the Fields: a three-part series on the conservation work of the Trust directed and produced by Alec Hirschfeld. Featuring:

In the Garden

Bridge GardensBridge Gardens  is now open for the 2014 season through the end of October. Garden Manager Rick Bogusch will offer a special talk/walk through the Gardens each month with a focus on planting in different parts of the garden -- vegetable, perennials, roses, etc. For more information, including directions and RSVP information, visit our online calendar or call 631.283.3195.

ConnectionsConnections Events

Visit our Upcoming Calendar page for more information on programs this spring, summer and fall.

For an online listing of Connections events . . . or

The  September-December 2014 issue of Connections is available. Please note this is a PDF file (1MB).
The Peconic Land Trust's calendar of recreational & educational events.

 

Peconic Land Trust Newsletter:

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PDF Summer 2013, includes 30 Milestones in 30 Years (please note, this file is 7MB)

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