Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
The Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island's working farms, natural lands and heritage for our communities now and in the future.
Mr. John v.H. Halsey
PO Box 1776
Southampton, NY 11969 USA
land conservation, land protection, natural lands, farmland, working farms, Long Island
Land Resources Conservation (C34)
Farmland Preservation (K25)
Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)
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Stewardship of Land and Conservation Easements
For the Peconic Land Trust, Stewardship is the perpetual care of the preserves and conservation easements held by the Trust. These protected properties are a legal and good faith responsibility that continues forever. All properties are routinely monitored and related records maintained.
Properties donated to the Trust in fee are called Preserves. A management plan(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/plan.html) is prepared for each of these properties. Some Preserves are passive and need minimal maintenance, while others require extensive measures to control soil erosion, restore wetlands, control public access, etc.
Conservation easements(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/conservationeasement_q.pdf) are a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization or municipality that protects the land from development, with the landowner retaining ownership and the rights to sell the property or pass it onto heirs. These properties are monitored at least annually to detect any changes and to ensure the property is being used in accordance with the terms of the restrictions placed on it. The commitment to monitor, defend, and enforce the easements is what ensures perpetual protection.
Our stewardship staff is available to assist landowners with a variety of land management activities including:
Planting of cover crops
Invasive vegetation removal
Trail creation and maintenance
The Trust can provide environmentally sensitive land care services to landowners – individuals, corporation or municipalities. As a result, interest in the Peconic Land Trust’s Stewardship Program comes from many sources, including:
landowners who want to preserve the rural character of their property;
landowners who want to protect environmentally sensitive area(s) of their property;
landowners who find it difficult to manage their property;
corporations holding land as an investment;
developers seeking assistance in the management of open space areas within their plans; and
Municipalities that own natural areas or development rights but whose management capability is stretched by the maintenance of active recreational areas.
Our experienced staff is available to advise and assist landowners on long-term natural resource management strategies available, including establishing and implementing stewardship objectives that reflect the owner's goals and the unique elements of each property.
Our stewardship staff will welcome donations – Wish List(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/wish_list.html) – of equipment in good working condition. To make a donation, please contact Pam Greene(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) , Vice President of Stewardship.
Since 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners to help plan and accomplish conservation projects that meet their goals and financial needs. 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
As 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 Criteria for Conservation Projects (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/ConservationCriteria111813.pdf) the Peconic Land Trust uses to conserve working farms and natural lands and the various options (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html) available to landowners to achieve their conservation goals.
Understand the Goals and Circumstances of the Landowner
In 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 realizing the equity within the land and conservation, a limited development approach may preserve the most significant portion of the parcel, while providing the landowner with a reasonable financial return. (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/plt_and_landowners.pdf)
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:
the basic maintenance of land, including regular monitoring of the land, posting, clean-up, etc.;
the restoration and enhancement of natural features such as agricultural soils, wetlands, and habitats; and
the extent and nature of public access, including the construction and maintenance of improvements such as trails and other facilities.
A comprehensive stewardship management plan will address these and other concerns upfront. (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/plan.html)
For more information, please contact Melanie Cirillo, Director of Conservation Planning at 631.283.3195.
The following represents a range of conservation options available to landowners that can be used alone or may be blended to help you achieve your objectives.
Land Donation (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#landdonation)
Purchase of Development Rights(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#purchase)
Transfer of Development Rights (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#transfer)
Bargain Sale (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#bargain)
Limited Development (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#limited)
Charitable Remainder Trust (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#charitable)
Reserved Life Estate(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#reserved)
Family Limited Partnership (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#family)
Like-Kind Exchange (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#likekind)
Tax-exempt Installment Sale (http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#taxexempt)
Participation in Agricultural District(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#agricultural)
Fair Market Purchase(http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/options.html#fairmarket)
Education and Public Policy for Land Conservation
Build connections between all people, diverse communities, and the land:
Conduct educational programs about conservation, the role of the Trust, and the land we have protected.
Provide multiple opportunities for people to experience the land as an essential element of their lives.
Empower our staff, Board, and volunteers to be messengers of the Trust's mission.
Enhance the volunteer program in order to engage the community and to extend the work of the Trust.
Expand and strengthen coalitions with other organizations to further our mission.Define and promote public policy goals that further our mission and core values.
B. Public Policy:
Analyze public policy issues and formulate positions and strategies:
Educate and inform ourselves, our constituents, and the general public about these issues.
Meet regularly with public officials at all levels to further our public policy goals.
Build new coalitions of diverse interests to achieve consensus on public policy issues and strategies.
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John v.H. Halsey
President, Peconic Land Trust
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