Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Widow's Hole Preserve

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On December 7, 2012, ExxonMobil Oil Company donated this 2.1-acre property situated in the Village of Greenport, Town of Southold, to the Peconic Land Trust subject to a conservation easement granted to the Town of Southold.  The property consists of approximately 1.9 acres of upland and 0.2 acres of undeveloped beachfront bordering Greenport Harbor.

The property was a former petroleum fuels distribution terminal that operated from about 1924 until 2003.  ExxonMobil completed an environmental remediation project at the site in late 2003.  This was one of their first partnerships with a land trust as part of their plan to donate and partner on the ecological restoration of properties they own but no longer use.

The Trust is working to restore this property to a healthy, natural state as a coastal maritime habitat in collaboration with our partners: the Town of Southold, Village of Greenport, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and ExxonMobil.  Also assisting the Trust is a group of dedicated community members and neighbors.  The project has been divided into two phases:

Widows Hole Preserve regularly hosts school children from Mrs. Stephanie Pawlik's 5th grade class at the Greenport School. In September 2016, this year's class visited the site where they were met by Ron Gelardi and his education team from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The children enjoyed participating in a beach seine activity where they had the opportunity to gently capture, examine and release many species of marine life using large seine nets. The Trust will continue monthly visits with the children of Greenport School as well as with the general public through our Connections programs, scheduled throughout the year. 

If you would like more information on this exciting restoration project, please contact Denise Markut at