Peconic Land Trust, Inc.

aka PLT   |   Southampton, NY   |  www.peconiclandtrust.org

Mission

Mission: The Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island's working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future. Impact: The conservation of working farms, natural lands, and heritage is closely inter-connected to many benefits that are important to all us who know and love the area ~ fresh local produce, miles of hiking trails, clean and productive bays and wetlands, drinking water protection, strong local economy, healthy ecosystems, storm water protection and buffer against effects of climate change, free public garden, historic preservation, lower property taxes (because of undeveloped land), and continued enjoyment of this unique region for generations to come.

Notes from the nonprofit

Footnote to audited Financial Statement: Total Assets primarily reflects the donated value of conservation restrictions (easements) since 1983 that are booked as permanently restricted net assets and are not available for operating expenses. Peconic Land Trust have been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This national honor is based on an extraordinary commitment to excellence, trust, and permanence in land conservation. The Trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Mr. John v.H. Halsey

Main address

PO Box 1776

Southampton, NY 11969 USA

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EIN

11-2667021

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We work to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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 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 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:
Field mowing
Planting of cover crops
Invasive vegetation removal
Landscape restoration
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.
To learn more, visit https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/stewardship .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1983, the Trust has worked diligently with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect 12,000 acres of land (as of 2019), conserving more working farms on Long Island than any other private conservation organization, and securing millions of dollars from the public and private sector for land protection. The Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners to help plan and accomplish conservation projects that meet their goals and financial needs. We create 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. To learn more, visit https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/conservation .

Population(s) Served
Adults

A. Education:

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

What is Farms for the Future? Long Island’s farms and farmers are central to our economy, heritage, and the stewardship of valuable natural resources. Faced with intense development pressures, escalating real estate values, a decline in food production farming, and a lack of affordable farmland for both new and established farmers, the Peconic Land Trust is working to ensure that Long Island’s farms and farming communities remain viable and productive now and in the future. “Farms for the Future” is a special initiative that the board and staff of the Trust have undertaken to explore these challenges in depth and problem-solve using pragmatic approaches. Since our founding in 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has preserved more working farms on Long Island than any other private conservation organization. Within the last decade, our focus has changed slightly -- land protection remains first and foremost, but protecting the land for food production farming has grown in importance. In 2008, the Trust introduced its Farms for the Future Initiative. Through a formalized program, the Trust actively seeks to not only protect the farmland -- particularly that which is threatened by development -- but to also grow the resource. Our initiative's primary objectives are to:

1. Explore and refine a new set of conservation tools and techniques that address the issues of farmland accessibility, affordability, and sustainability.
2. Buy, protect, restore, and resell farms to farmers
3. Develop and expand our Farmland Leasing Program
To learn more, visit https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/farms .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2019

Financials

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Operations

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Peconic Land Trust, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward Krug

John Norbeck

Ann ffolliott

John v.H. Halsey

President, Peconic Land Trust

Edward Krug

John Larkin

Nancy Gilbert

Harriet Dresher

Thomas Isles

Jennifer Pike

Marcia Bystryn

Carol Ahlers

Nora Catlin

James MacGregor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes