New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today congratulated the Peconic Land Trust on a $15,000 Conservation Partnership Program grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Land Trust Alliance to help support and expand their “Farms for the Future” initiative to address farmland accessibility, affordability, and sustainability.
“The Peconic Land Trust has been a staple in farmland preservation on the East End for the last nearly 30 years. The East End’s beauty and farming heritage, in many ways, can be attributed to the efforts of the Peconic Land Trust.
The New York Conservation Partnership Program seeks to increase the pace, improve the quality, and ensure the permanence of voluntary conservation of private lands. The Program helps local land trusts sustain and expand community and landowner outreach, land conservation, stewardship and education programs.
Since 1983 the Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect more than 10,000 acres of land, 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.
For more information of the Peconic Land Trust’s Farms for the Future initiative, please visit their Web site.