PRESERVE SPOTLIGHT / 2021

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Forge River Preserve / Posted August 30, 2021

The Trust recently completed a floodplain restoration of the Forge River Preserve. This 4.6-acre peninsula was acquired by the Trust in 2014. The property, located directly on the Forge River in Mastic Beach, contains sensitive wetlands, wildlife habitat, and migration routes.
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The property and structures had been badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Restoration began in 2018, when the house and other structures on the property were removed. Additional steps included invasive species removal and control from upland and shoreline areas. Beach grass and other native plants including bayberry and bluestem have been planted.
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Preserves on Moriches Bay

Posted April 24.2021 

As the weather warms up this Spring take a paddle out in Moriches Bay.
From the water you can see several Trust preserves.
  • Gunning Point Preserve – donated in 1988 by Romaine and Phillip Maloney
  • Jagger Preserve – donated in 1994 by Henry Jagger
  • Swan Island Preserve – donated in 1995 by Swan Island Associates
  • Tanner’s Neck Preserve – donated in 1991 by Frank and Joseph Savino

Totaling 34 acres, these four preserves in the Moriches Bay estuary are part of a vast estuary ecosystem that eventually drains in the Atlantic Ocean. The wetland is extremely important for reproducing native flora and fauna. In winter the marsh is habitat for NYS-endangered short eared owl as well as snowy owls. A diverse group of waterfowl also visit the marsh and its waters to feed during the winter migration. 

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High Point Preserve, Amagansett

Posted March 18.2021  
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Celebrate the International Day of Forests,  Sunday, March 21, 2021, with a walk in North Amagansett. The Trust’s High Point Preserve is part of an assemblage of 600 acres of protected woodlands. The preserve contains a mixture of pitch pine, oak, beech, hickory and maple forest.
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Maggie de Cuevas donated the parcel to the Trust in 2003. The nearly 50 acres of hilly terrain provides a fantastic view of Three Mile Harbor. The view is best seen at this time of year before all the foliage grows back in the Spring and Summer.
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In addition to recreational value, the preserve is part of the Town of East Hampton’s Water Recharge Overlay District. The land sits above the deepest part of the aquifer, our sole source of drinking water on Long Island.
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The forest is also a sanctuary for wildlife including migratory birds, as well as many of New York State’s protected birds who call this preserve home: red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, screech owl, American kestrel, downy woodpecker, American robin and eastern bluebird.
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While at the High Point Preserve you can hike part of the Paumanok Path. If you’re looking for even more trees, the preserve adjoins the Trust’s Accabonac and Silver Beech Preserves.
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Wolf Preserve, Great Hog Neck Peninsula, Southold

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Newly Renovated Trail Loop Improves Accessibility! 

February 16, 2021 — Since the fall, our Stewardship Team led by Stewardship Director Matt Swain has been busy working on the first phase of a renovation of the trails at the Trust’s Wolf Preserve in Southold. Located on the Great Hog Neck Peninsula, the Wolf Preserve’s 23 acres of woodlands hosts two trail loops — Eastern and Western — and we have been working on renovations at the preserve to improve access. Acknowledging that people with mobility restrictions have a hard time enjoying the outdoors, the Trust is working to remove some of the access barriers that exist at the Preserve.  
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In the fall of 2020, we closed the Eastern Trail Loop as work began on new accessibility features: the half mile trail was widened to six feet to accommodate wheelchairs and leveled to maintain an approximate grade of 0-3 %. 
In addition, the trail’s surface was hardened using locally crushed stone as the powder coat on top of the trail. As seen in the photo above, fabric was laid throughout the trail to improve the trail’s lifespan by keeping the soil separate from the rock covering. The design of the meandering path you see is not just aesthetically pleasing, but will help prevent washout from storms. These methods will be used again when the Western Trail Loop is renovated. 
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Future phases in the trail project include a boardwalk across wetlands, a bridge to connect the Eastern and Western Trail Loops, and an expanded parking lot. The Trust hopes that by expanding the parking lot to allow for vans and small buses to turn around, local community groups will be able to more easily access the preserve.  
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The Trust’s newly acquired Harold A. Reese Preserve, immediately adjacent to the Wolf Preserve, expands the conserved area on the Great Hog Neck Peninsula by another 30 acres. In the future, the Trust plans to create a trail across the two preserves with accessibility features. This proposed trail would run from Main Bayview Road to North Bayview Road, showcasing native species and a myriad of important habitats on Long Island.  
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Help us improve accessibility on our preserves! The Trust is currently fundraising to improve the trail system at the Wolf and Reese Preserves. Visit our website at PeconicLandTrust.org/Give to make your gift today.  
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Visit our website for more information about the Wolf Preserve. You can also contact Matt Swain, Director of Stewardship or Amanda Abraham, Director of Development. 
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— from February 16, 2021 / Conservation & Stewardship News

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North Menantic Preserve, Shelter Island

January, 2021

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North Menantic Preserve

Shelter Island  

The Peconic Land Trust worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the Town of Shelter Island and landowners, Ned Smyth and Rima Mardoyan-Smyth to conserve this property now known as the North Menantic Preserve.
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The preserve will continue to provide significant benefits for the replenishment of Shelter Island’s sole source aquifer. The protected land has the capacity to recharge – the process of replenishing the aquifer’s drinking water supply – 3.5 million gallons of water annually.
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The preserve also provides a natural habitat for hiking and bird watching. When you visit, you can enjoy a path around high grass meadows, shrubs, trees and ravine.
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Access to the preserve is on North Menantic Road across from Bowditch Road.
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