About Us

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The Peconic Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1983 by John v.H. Halsey and a small group of local residents to ensure the protection of Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since 1983, the Trust has worked diligently with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect over 13,000 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.



Get to know the people who keep the Peconic Land Trust working day to day.

Meet the team

Boards and Councils

Our Board’s dedication to conserving Long Island’s working farms, natural lands and heritage is unmatched. The Trust’s Board of Directors is responsible for establishing the organization’s mission and setting policies to carry out the mission, and, as required by law, the oversight of the organization’s finances and operations. The Board works closely with its professional staff to determine and advance the Trust's strategic goals, as we work on behalf of our communities to protect the places we know and love. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Vice President Melanie Cirillo at 631-283-3195.

Edward Krug


Marcia Bystryn

Vice Chair

John v.H. Halsey


Nancy Gilbert


John E. Larkin

Assistant Treasurer

Nora J. Catlin


Carol M. Ahlers

Harriet H. Dresher

Ann G. ffolliott

Thomas A. Isles

James T. MacGregor

John S. Norbeck

Jennifer B. Pike

Thomas B. Williams

Board Chair Emeritus

Peconic Legacy Circle members have let us know their intention to remember the Trust in their estate planning. Legacy gifts are among the most meaningful ways to ensure that Long Island’s beautiful beaches, clean water, working farms, majestic woodland and pristine wetlands will be protected for generations to come.

We thank all our Peconic Legacy Circle members for joining us in looking towards a future that values the working farms, natural lands and the heritage we all share. If you are interested in learning more or supporting the Trust, please contact Director of Development, Amanda Abraham, at 631-283-3195 or AAbraham@PeconicLandTrust.org.

  • Carol Mulvihill Ahlers and Ronald E. Ahlers
  • Maddy Beckwith
  • Glorian Berk
  • Thomas K. Chu
  • John and Candice Frawley
  • Nancy Gilbert and Richard Wines
  • Susan Gullia
  • Jean R. Held
  • Victoria Herbert
  • Anne Hopkins
  • Jane T. Iselin
  • Kathleen King
  • Joe Mc Kay
  • Russell C. McCall
  • Sandra Powers
  • Judith Saner
  • Rosa, Tony, and Geneva Smith
  • Carol J. Steinberg, Esq.
  • Rosemary Terribile

Trustees Council members support our work and further the Trust’s mission in both an advisory and honorary capacity. Council members are donors who gave at the $25,000 level or more in the past twelve months, and/or those who have made an extraordinary lifetime gift to the Trust.

If you are interested in learning more or supporting the Trust, please contact Director of Development, Amanda Abraham, at 631-283-3195 or AAbraham@PeconicLandTrust.org.

  • Avalon Park & Preserve
  • Louis Bacon
  • Glorian Berk
  • Matthew and Kimberly Cantor
  • Peg and Peter D'Angelo
  • Margaret de Cuevas and Eric Schott
  • Peggy and Millard Drexler
  • George A. Hambrecht and Andrea H. Fahnestock
  • John and Sally Henry
  • The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation
  • The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • The Joyce & Irving Goldman Family Foundation
  • Kathleen King
  • Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder
  • Nancy and Howard Marks
  • Edward and Sandra Meyer
  • Amanda and Donald Mullen
  • Katharine Rayner
  • Jim and Cheryl Reeve
  • Carolyn and Marc Rowan
  • Barbara Slifka
  • Philippa Weismann and Lucy Veltri
  • Ken and Megan Wright

Conservation Council members support our work and further the Trust’s mission in both an advisory and honorary capacity. Council members are annual donors who gave $5,000 to $24,999 in the past twelve months.

If you are interested in learning more or supporting the Trust, please
contact Director of Development, Amanda Abraham, at 631-283-3195 or

  • Abraham and Mildred Goldstein Charitable Trust
  • The Scully Peretsman Foundation, Jessica Alfonsi
  • All for the East End (AFTEE)
  • Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
  • Carol Mulvihill Ahlers and Ronald Ahlers
  • Steve and Laura Bartholomew
  • Gregory Bauso
  • Evan Mason and Garrard Beeney
  • Ruth and Leonard Benowich
  • BNB Bank and Bridge Abstract
  • Rick Bogusch
  • Barbara Braun - The Neuwirth Foundation
  • Rob and Carolyn Brennan
  • Kathleen and Travis Brown
  • Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation
  • John Buttrick
  • Marcia Bystryn
  • Lori and Alexandre Chemla
  • Michael Coles and Edie Landeck
  • Comax Flavors
  • Milton Cooper
  • The Corcoran Group
  • Jill and Mark Corwith
  • Richard K. Corwith
  • Christina Corwith Cole and Kevin Cole
  • Harriet and Alan Dresher
  • Michael Dukmejian and Polly Botti
  • Charles P. Durkin, Jr.
  • Susan Edwards and Ian Ziskin
  • Cornelia Erpf-Forsman and Paul Forsman
  • RainyDay and John Erwin
  • Jim and Anna Fantaci
  • Ann ffolliott
  • Hans Flick and Celeste M. Kime
  • John and Candice Frawley
  • Brian Fuhrmann
  • Joan Ganz Cooney
  • Susan and Gary Garrabrant
  • Nancy Gilbert and Richard Wines
  • Suzanne and John Golden
  • Elaine Greene Weisburg
  • Wade Guyton
  • Susan Koehn Habermann and Matthew Habermann
  • Anne and John Hall
  • Amy and Doug Halsey
  • Lisa Hess
  • Jonathan Hoefler and Carleen Borsella
  • Jessica Hoffman Brennan
  • The Houser Foundation
  • Anne Hubbard
  • Bettysue Hughes
  • The David and Alice Hunt Family
  • The J. Baker Foundation
  • Merrin Jenkins
  • Lisa and Sim Johnston
  • Kate Cassidy Foundation
  • James Kilpatric and Harry Neyens
  • Karin and David Kuhns
  • Judith and Alexander Laughlin
  • Jacqueline LiCalzi
  • Michael Light
  • Sue Lonoff de Cuevas
  • James MacGregor and Claire Montgomery
  • The Makowski Trust
  • Carole Greene-Mavity and Richard Mavity
  • Joe Mc Kay
  • Meryl Meltzer, Romenesa Foundation
  • Joyce Menschel
  • Jessica Mezzacappa and John Zieman
  • Mary and Garrett Moran
  • Alison Morgridge
  • Olivia Motch
  • Daniel and Brooke Neidich
  • Jan Nicholson
  • Outstanding in the Field, Inc.
  • Raquel and Jeremy Palmer
  • Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder
  • Judith Saner
  • Linda and Richard Schaps
  • Maryam Seley
  • Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt
  • Stein Family, East Marion
  • Lauren Stone/Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation
  • Peter Talty and Linda Stabler-Talty
  • John-Lansing J. Teal
  • Lois Teich
  • Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
  • Diana and Rafael Vinoly
  • Eric M. Wechsler and Philip A. Kovacevich
  • Pamela Weekes and Constance McDonald
  • William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation
  • Woodward Family Charitable Foundation
  • Lloyd Zuckerberg and Charlotte Triefus on behalf of the Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation

President’s Council members support our work and further the Trust’s mission in both an advisory and honorary capacity. Council members are annual donors who gave $1,000 to $4,999 in the past twelve months.

If you are interested in learning more or supporting the Trust, please contact Director of Development, Amanda Abraham, at 631-283-3195 or AAbraham@PeconicLandTrust.org.

  • Diana and Kenneth Adams
  • Jerome Adler and Beth Lebowitz
  • Advantage Title Agency, Inc.
  • Michael and Sheryl Ahearn
  • Eric Altman
  • Dr. Paula J. Angelone and Jerry Rosengarten
  • Emily Aspinall
  • Anne and Bruce Babcock
  • John Bacon
  • Lisa M. Burrell Baker
  • Bob Baldwin and Margaret Sieck
  • Leslie Barker
  • Melissa Barnett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baron
  • Mary Beth Barrett
  • Jim and Ann Barry/Artisan Mortgage
  • Betsy Battle
  • Barbara and Steven Baum
  • Shirley and Bob Bayley
  • Theresa Beaumont
  • Kathleen Kmet Becker
  • Kathy and Gene Bernstein
  • Bistrian Land Corporation
  • Suzanne Bloomer
  • David Bohnett
  • Claire Boody
  • Robert Boyle
  • Patricia Ann Brennan
  • The Bridgehampton Association, Inc.
  • Irene and Stephen Brotman
  • Marcus Bryan
  • Lisa and Richard Byers
  • Bettina Equities Management LLC
  • James Cain
  • Deborah Carmichael
  • Joe and Maria Carney
  • Camilla and Rudy Cesarini
  • Pamela Choy
  • Adam Lewis and Thomas K. Chu
  • Leslie and Cliff Cohen
  • Lillian and Joel Cohen
  • Joanne and Anthony Colletta
  • Natalie Conklin
  • Amy and William Conway
  • Cornucopia Natural Foods
  • Helen and Paul Corwith
  • Emily and Erich Cramer
  • Thomas Crane
  • Alice and Harold Culver
  • Anne Nickel Curtin
  • Michael Daly
  • Ellen Darion and Roger Chudzik
  • Robert de Rothchild
  • Carol Deane
  • Robert and Kristen DeLaMater
  • Vishakha Desai and Robert Oxnam
  • Deborah and Richard DeVerna
  • Laura Donnelly
  • Fred Doss and John Gicking
  • Joanne and Issac Dowless
  • Courtenay and Bill Dunk
  • Suzanne Gluck and Thomas Dyja
  • Michael Escue, Max Lucy Group LLC
  • Wendy and Michael Esposito
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Julia Fahey and Ben Rice
  • The Fanwood Foundation
  • Farm Credit East
  • Judith and Warren Feder
  • James Feigl
  • Laura and Michael Ferrante
  • Frank and Louiza Ferrara
  • Rosemary and Carlos Ferrer
  • Emilie Filmer-Wison
  • First Coastal Corporation
  • Dawn Fischer and Stacey Friedman
  • Gabriella Fitzgerald and Jake Creem
  • Jan Flaherty
  • Robert Fleischer and Susan Raanan
  • Anna Lou Fletcher
  • Donna Fletcher
  • Stephanie and Lawrence Flinn, Jr.
  • Laura Flug
  • Margaret H. Fowler
  • The Fries Family
  • Martie and Rick Fritz
  • Anthony and Beth Galban
  • Susan Gardner and Martha Cassidy
  • Emily and Huntley Garriott
  • Mary Ellen Geelan
  • Joan and Tom Geismar
  • Louise Guarneri and Stephen Gelfman
  • Emma Gilbey-Keller
  • Kenneth Gilman and Carol Feinberg
  • Barbara Gladstone
  • Nancy and Tom Gleason
  • Mary Cox Golden
  • Joanne and Thomas Gouge
  • James Grathwohl
  • Susan Gullia
  • Kris Tate Haber
  • Madelaine Haberman and Michael Sprung
  • Melinda Hackett
  • Beecher Halsey and Georgeann McGuinness
  • John Halsey and Janis Ebli-Halsey
  • William Hamilton
  • Tricia Hammes and Jerome Mounier
  • Noel and Deborah Hare
  • Susan Harrison and Sara Hart
  • Susan and Kevin Heaney
  • The Hermance Family Foundation
  • Michael Herz and Jean Roiphe
  • Cantor-Rabbi Debra Stein and Alec Hirschfeld
  • Constance Hoguet Neel
  • Carolyn and David Holstein
  • Alain Machu and Diana Horowitz
  • Marguerita Howkins
  • Carol and Tom Isles
  • Donna Issenberg
  • Ann Marie and Stephen Jones
  • Carolina Zapf and John Josephson
  • Harry Kamen
  • Katy Kamen
  • Matthew Kaplan and Karen Stone Kaplan
  • Kimberly and John Keiserman
  • Richard Kelsey and Barbara DiLorenzo
  • Patricia Kenner
  • Anthony Kiser/The William and Mary Greve Foundation
  • Larry Klurfeld and Joele Frank
  • Lisa Clare Kombrink and Jesse Camacho
  • Elena and Howard Krotman
  • Ed Krug and John Haubrich
  • Anne G. Lange
  • Wendy and Steven Langman
  • Liza and John Larkin
  • Kathy and Michael Lavyne
  • Nan and Donald Leitch
  • Helen and Mark Levine
  • Kenneth and Jeanne Levy-Church
  • Judith Little
  • Patricia Lowry and John Touhey
  • Karen Magovern
  • Mark and Nina Magowan
  • Anthony Manheim and Elaine Reis
  • Marders
  • Robert and Jane Matluck
  • Leslie and Thomas Matthews
  • The May Foundation
  • Patricia McIntyre
  • Mary McKay
  • Renee and David McKee
  • Richard McNally
  • Leigh and Charles Merinoff
  • Alistair G. C. Merrick
  • Judith and David Miller
  • Maryann and Bob Miller
  • Maryellyn and Thad Miller
  • Louise and David Milligan
  • Linda Mirels
  • Dede Gotthelf and Terry Moan
  • Mary and Tom Morgan
  • Bonnie Mountain
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Murphy
  • Robert Musser and Barbara L. Francis
  • Robin Sieranski and Paul Nardone, Jr.
  • Samantha and Kevin Nasello
  • Nawrocki Smith LLC
  • Deborah Nevins
  • Elin and Michael Nierenberg
  • Connie and John Norbeck
  • Liza and John Nugent
  • Joseph Obermayer and Nicolas Rutherford
  • Andrea Olshan Odell and Michael Odell
  • Barbara Osif-Rousso
  • John and Joan Owens
  • Marc Packer
  • Sandra Pershing and Marc Keller
  • Barbara Phillips
  • Sharon Pietrzak
  • Jennifer and James Pike
  • Lisa and Brian Pope
  • Nancy Posel
  • Tina Davis and Paul Powers
  • Nancy and Sheldon Prentice
  • Bill Price
  • Rodney Propp
  • Joseph Pufahl
  • Anne and Jeff Pundyk
  • Rachel Lynch Swimming Pools & Spas, Inc.
  • The Ravenswood Foundation
  • Yvetta Rechler-Newman
  • Suzanne and Philip Reynolds
  • Arleen and Robert Rifkind
  • Karen and Gregg Rivara
  • Rochetta Consulting Services
  • Leah and Greg Rodgers
  • Sheila Rodgers and Good Sheperd Farm
  • Malgorzata and Andrzej Rojek
  • Susan Malfa and Jonathan Rose
  • Daniel Rosen CPA
  • Lori and Scott Rosen
  • Thomas and Bobbi Rosko
  • Janet C. Ross
  • Jane and Reed Rubin
  • Maxwell Ryan
  • Antonio and Michele Sacconaghi
  • Carl Safina and Patricia Paladines
  • Wiltraud Salm
  • Ann Sandford
  • Linda S. Sanford
  • Arun and Rummi Sarin
  • Lynn and John Savarese
  • Sophia Schachter
  • Elizabeth Schaffner
  • Val Schaffner
  • Idoline Scheerer
  • Jill Schlesinger
  • Fred Schmeltzer
  • Cynthia and Donald Scholl
  • Wendy Sclight and Gerald Monroe
  • Regina and John Scully
  • Marianne and Dom Seddio
  • Joshua Lehrer and Jeffrey Seller
  • Tracy and Eric Semler
  • Robert Serling
  • Karen and Samuel Seymour
  • Ben Shapiro
  • Dozie Sheahan
  • Mariann and Kevin Simms
  • Rob and Christine Smart
  • Rosa and Anthony Smith
  • Michael Halperin, Solarus Technologies
  • South Country Farms LLC
  • Lisa Stamm Booher
  • Herbert J. and Marsha K. Stern
  • Robert A.M. Stern
  • Rand, Emilie, and Ben Stoll
  • Jennifer Stone
  • Elizabeth Strong-de Cuevas
  • Summerhill Landscapes, Inc.
  • Taranto Family Foundation
  • The Tarr Family
  • Lenard and Fern Tessler
  • Cheryl Tortoriello
  • Barbara Traphagen
  • Peter and Laura Treadway
  • Etta Tuttle
  • George and Mary Gwen Halsey Tyda
  • Robert Uher
  • Glyn Vincent and Stacy Goodman
  • Andrea and Paul Vizcarrondo
  • Teri and Barry Volpert
  • James Vos and Stephanie Joyce
  • Candace and Jonathan Wainwright
  • Cynthia Wainwright
  • Andrew Walsh
  • Chris Wedge and Jeanne Markel
  • Robin Weingast and Claire Zeppieri
  • Lisa Donneson and Henry Weisburg
  • Howard Weiss
  • Janine and Jonathan Weller
  • Marissa Wesely and Fred Hamerman
  • Lynda and Raymond Wesnofske
  • William and Phyllis Mack Family Foundation
  • Peter S. Wilson and Scott K. Sanders
  • Patricia and Frederick Yosca
  • Susan Kennedy Zeller
  • Donald and Barbara Zucker

Throughout the years, the Peconic Land Trust has been fortunate to have the advice and counsel from many individuals who have generously given their time, experience and financial support to help us fulfill our mission of conserving Long Island’s working farms, natural lands and heritage. Our work would not be possible without their guidance throughout the years.

  • Lucy Bradley*
  • Douglas W. Campbell IV
  • Julie P. DeBold
  • Lee Foster
  • Marilee Foster
  • Nancy K. Goell
  • Herbert Golden*
  • Charlotte Hanson
  • Richard Hogan
  • Katherine Kazanas
  • Richard W. King
  • Albert J. Krupski, Jr.
  • Hilary Leff
  • Deborah Ann Light*
  • Pingree W. Louchheim
  • Robert M. Meltzer*
  • Brian R. McCaffrey
  • E. Blair McCaslin*
  • Mary Foster Morgan
  • Thomas Owen Morgan
  • David R. Osborn
  • Randall T. Parsons
  • Edward P. Sharretts, Jr.*
  • Betty Smith*
  • Donald Willits Smith*
  • Roger A. Smith
  • Paul Stoutenburg*
  • Herbert J. Strobel
  • Terry Stubelek
  • Thomas Thorsen
  • Thomas J. Tobin
  • Joseph J. Townsend, Jr.*
  • Edwin Fishel Tuccio
  • John Van Deventer, Jr.*
  • Wesley W. von Schack
  • Stephen Weir
  • Thomas Wickham
  • Roy L. Wines, Jr.*
  • Barbara Brush Wright*
  • Lloyd P. Zuckerberg
  • * deceased


The following are just some of the organizations the Peconic Land Trust works with to conserve and protect Long Island's working farms, natural lands and heritage.


The Peconic Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. All gifts made to the Trust are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Federal ID #: 11-2667021

A copy of the Peconic Land Trust's financial report, filed with the New York State Attorney General, may be obtained by writing to:

  • Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or
  • The Peconic Land Trust, P.O. Box 1776, Southampton, NY 11969.
  • or by visit the Peconic Land Trust's page on GuideStar.


Mailing Address

296 Hampton Road
Southampton NY 11968


Southampton Office

296 NY-27A
Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-0235 (fax)

North Fork Stewardship Center

22600 Main Rd
Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-5635 (fax)

Quail Hill Community Farm

660 Old Stone Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-8492 (fax)

Bridge Gardens

36 Mitchell Ln
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-283-0235 (fax)
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