Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Land Protection

Since 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners to help plan and accomplish conservation projects that meet their goals and financial Donahue Farmland in Riverheadneeds. The Peconic Land Trust creates partnerships with landowners, communities and all levels of government to develop win-win solutions that conserve land while respecting the rights of the individual and the interests of the public.

The following are general guidelines the Peconic Land Trust uses when working with landowners to determine appropriate land conservation methods and on-going stewardship of conserved lands

Understand the Land to be Protected

Edwards/DeLea protected farmland in RiverheadAs land is artificially divided, property lines rarely conform to significant natural features, much less habitats or scenic vistas. This being the case, the Trust analyzes each project by looking at the property’s existing conditions, natural features, and surrounding land uses.

Learn more about the PDF Criteria for Conservation Projects the Peconic Land Trust uses to conserve working farms and natural lands and the various options available to landowners to achieve their conservation goals.

Understand the Goals and Circumstances of the Landowner

Berries on protected farmlandIn order to preserve land, it is essential to understand the goals, needs, and circumstances of a landowner. For example, if a landowner desires to pass land on to the next generation and has strong conservation interests, it may be possible to preserve the land at no public cost through the use of a conservation easement to a private conservation organization. If a landowner is interested in conservation and realizing the equity within the land, a limited development approach may preserve the most significant portion of the parcel, while providing the landowner with a reasonable financial return. PDF The Peconic Land Trust’s Work with Landowners.

Devote the Resources Necessary to Actively Manage Protected Land

During the process of land conservation, it is important to understand and account for the financial resources needed to effectively manage the conserved land, including:

A comprehensive stewardship management plan will address these and other concerns upfront.

For more information, please contact Melanie Cirillo, Director of Conservation Planning at 631.283.3195.