Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

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

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Conservation News

Danilevsky 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 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. 

Westhampton Cemetery:  On June 6, the Peconic Land Trust finalized a conservation effort with the Town of Southampton, Suffolk County and the Westhampton Cemetery Association, which resulted in the conservation of 28 acres of natural lands by the Town and County, and the transfer of a 3-acre parcel to the cemetery association to meet future expansion needs.  The property is located along Seabreeze Avenue and Montauk Highway in Westhampton.

1772 Foundation:  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.

Krupski Farm:The Peconic Land Trust and Al and Mary Krupski completed a like-kind exchange on farmland in the Town of Southold. The transaction will add 19.2 acres to the Trust's Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm. In exchange, the Krupski's acquired 16.8 acres of farmland in Peconic from the Trust -- a location closer to their current farm operation. The exchange provides the Trust with additional acreage near its Ag Center -- increasing land available for leasing to 98 acres as part 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. 

Seymour Family protects additional land on West Neck Road in Shelter Island with Peconic Land Trust.  Samuel W. Seymour and Karen Patton Seymour have added an additional 2 acres onto an existing easement.  

Galban Family donates an overlay conservation easement with affirmative and affordable farming covenants in Sagaponack.  The easement covers over 30 acres and will ensure that fresh, local food will be grown on this land for future generations. 

Hayground Farm acreage with farm stand available for lease.  The Peconic Land Trust has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to lease 2 acres of farm land with access to a farm stand at Hayground Farm on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Submission due by February 15, 2014.  

Community Conservation Projects

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.

Weigley 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 v.H. Halsey Honored:  The Land Trust Alliance has honored Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey for his his leadership, commitment and innovation . The award was presented by Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Board chair Seth McKee of Scenic Hudson, and former Chair Becky Thornton of Dutchess Land Conservancy.  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. 

Imagine 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.

WPPB Honors John v.H. Halsey:  Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey will receive 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."  

Outstanding 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.  

2013 Year in Review in Pictures

We had a great year. Please take a moment to revisit some of the highlights of the year by viewing our annual "Year in Pictures" slideshow

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 NowGrowing 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! 

NYS Land Conservation Summit 2014

The Peconic Land Trust was proud to host with land trusts from across the state a two-day conference focused on issues of concern to land conservation in New York.  The New York Land Conservation Summit: Investing in Healthy Communities,  on April 10 - 11, 2014 at The Historic Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY.

NEW: John v.H. Halsey, President of the Peconic Land Trust, was honored at the Summit by his peers for his leadership, commitment and innovation. Read press release.

Also, you can read the transcript of remarks from the Summit's Luncheon Keynote, Michael Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Center for Climate Change Law, at Columbia Law School.

Visit our Facebook page for photos from the 2-day summit. 

The Peconic Land Trust is the fiduciary agent for the 2014 NYS Land Conservation Summit. The Summit is being organized and managed by a Committee comprised of representatives from over a dozen conservation organizations working in New York State. The Summit is funded in part through the Environmental Protection Fund and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Land Trust Alliance in coordination with the Department of Environmental Conservation. 

In the Garden

Bridge 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.

Fridays at Six Music Nights: 

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


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