Peconic Land Trust: Preserve Spotlight / 2018 — Southold Town Green

Preserve Spotlight / May 2018


Southold Town Green

Young’s Avenue

Located at the corner of Main Road and Youngs Avenue, the Southold Town Green was the Peconic Land Trust’s first project in Southold Town. To this day, 30 years later, it exemplifies how a community can come together to make lemonade out of a lemon. In 1986, the historic 18th-century Hartranft house that graced this corner was unexpectedly demolished.
In the wake of the public outcry, George Wells, whose ancestor was the original owner of the Southold Hotel, had a dream for the property. “Let’s make something positive happen out of this negative situation,” he proposed.  To this end, George donated $200,000 to the Trust in memory of his aunt, Lillian Howell, toward the purchase of the newly vacant corner lot from the owner, Herbert Mandel. Mr. Mandell’s willingness to accept an offer that was substantially lower than its fair market value enabled the Trust to purchase the property in December, 1986. See the news article from the Long Island Traveler-Watchman
Soon thereafter, the Southold Town Green Committee, comprised of Edward Boyd, Frank Cichanowicz, Jean Cochran, Connie Cross, Alice Eckert, Michael Hall, Richard Hall, John Halsey, Frank Murphy, Sarah Sands, Greg Scholand, Paul Stoutenburgh, Raymond Terry, Jean Tiedke, Vincent Tirelli, Joseph Townsend, Jr., Richard Ward, and Jane Williams was established to coordinate planning, fundraising, and improvements to the site. 
Eighteen months later, the Green, with its turn-of-the-century gazebo, courtesy of the Southold Kiwanis Club, plus benches, landscaping, and a brick walkway, was dedicated in May, 1988 and conveyed to Southold Town, a public asset born of community action.

Preserve Spotlight / April 2018 


East Point Preserve, Hampton Bays 

 Nature preserve provides habitat for osprey and diverse marine wildlife. 

When on the water in Shinnecock Bay, check out the beautiful sandy beach nestled between Tiana Bay and Smith Creek that is the home to nesting pairs of ospreys over the years. 

Peconic Land Trust’s East Point Preserve was donated to the Trust by Jacob and Gloria Fishbach in 1985 with the support of the neighboring East Point Home Owners Association. Protecting this fragile ecosystem by eliminating future development was important to support the diverse marine wildlife in the area.

We thank the Fishbachs and the  Association for their conservation and ongoing stewardship efforts!

Through conservation, East Point Preserve has been able to maintain a rich, vegetative environment for a variety of animal species listed by New York State for consideration including ospreys (NYS protected), monarch butterflies (NYS protected), Atlantic horseshoe crabs (NYS protected), great blue herons (NYS protected), snowy egrets (NYS protected), black terns (NYS endangered), piping plovers (NYS endangered), and sandpipers (NYS protected) … along with many others.



Preserve Spotlight / March 2018 


Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, Southold 

Community Gardens at the Ag Center are all about  . . .   

well, community! 

From 23 acres acquired from the Charnews family in 2008, the Agricultural Center has grown to nearly 100 acres of productive farmland along Young’s Avenue north and south of Route 48 in Southold. 

As one of the locations for the Trust‘s Farms for the Future Initiative, the Ag Center provides farmers, established and start-ups, with affordable access to productive land. Farm operations at the Ag Center have ranged from 1-acre start-up vegetable farms to organic poultry operations to larger multi-crop established farm operations.

One of the stars of the Ag Center is the Community Gardens. Started in 2009, the Community Gardens have grown from 20 small plots to over 60. From the “Little Sprout Garden” with 4′ x 12′ raised beds through the “Magic  Middle” and into the “Pioneer Valley” with plots from 10′ x 20′ to 30′ x 20′ . . . there is a garden size for everyone: from the novice to the experienced. Having this range of expertise and size benefits all — and the gardens are plentiful as the season gets underway.

Deer fencing, water, compost, gardening tools and more are available to the community gardeners to help make your growing season a success.
Interested in joining in? We have garden plots available in all sizes. The Ag Center also hosts educational programs for the home gardener. On May 5, a workshop on Square Foot Gardening, which will help you maximize production in a small space — all programs are designed to share knowledge about growing food. The gardens are managed by North Fork Stewardship Manager Denise Markut — a gardening expert with lots of experience and information to share!    



Preserve Spotlight / February 2018


Preserve Spotlight: Accabonac Preserve

It’s time for a winter walk . . .  

Nestled on the northern flank of the Ronkonkoma moraine, the Trust’s 92.9 acre Accabonac Preserve was made possible in January 1998 by a generous, anonymous donor and by the conservation interests of the Potter Family. We appreciate all their efforts to see this amazing property preserved — part of over 600 acres of protected lands in the North Amagansett area.

The protection of this land added significant forest preserve to the Springs hamlet and provides hikers with wonderful trails that connect to the Paumanok Path. Trail heads can be found on both Accabonac Road and Springs-Fireplace Road. 


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