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.

The Peconic Land Trust acknowledges that the region – Paumanake (Long Island)/Sewanhacky (Long Island) – where we work and live is the ancestral territory of many communities of Indigenous people. We honor their stewardship of the land for over 10,000 years. We accept our responsibility to protect their cultural and traditional connections to the land.



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


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

Jacqueline LiCalzi

James T. MacGregor

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 Ahlers
  • Maddy Beckwith
  • Glorian Berk
  • James Cain
  • Thomas K. Chu, Esq.
  • RaineyDay and John Erwin
  • John and Candice Frawley
  • Nancy Gilbert and Richard Wines
  • Susan Gullia
  • Jean Held
  • Victoria Herbert
  • Anne Hopkins
  • Jane Iselin
  • Kathleen King
  • Joe Mc Kay
  • Russell McCall
  • Sandra Powers
  • Judith Saner
  • Rosa, Tony, and Geneva Smith
  • Carol Steinberg
  • Rosemary Terribile
  • Drs. Stephen and Leona Torkelson

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.

  • All for the East End (AFTEE)
  • Gabrielle and Louis Bacon
  • Glorian Berk
  • Barbara Braun - The Neuwirth Foundation
  • The Cohen Suchman Family Foundation
  • Helen and Paul Corwith
  • Anne Nickel Curtin
  • Peg and Peter D'Angelo
  • Margaret de Cuevas and Eric Schott
  • Peggy and Millard Drexler
  • RaineyDay and John Erwin
  • Emily and Nathaniel Ewing
  • Susan and Gary Garrabrant
  • Nancy Gilbert and Richard Wines
  • The Joyce & Irving Goldman Family Foundation
  • Andrea H. Fahnestock and George A. Hambrecht
  • John and Sally Henry
  • The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • Isabelle Kanz
  • Kathleen King
  • The Land Trust Alliance
  • Aurelie Lang
  • The Makowski Trust
  • Nancy and Howard Marks
  • Edward and Sandra Meyer
  • The Moore Charitable Foundation
  • Katharine Rayner
  • James F. Reeve
  • Maxwell Ryan
  • Barbara Slifka
  • Elizabeth Sweezy and Ken Miller
  • Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
  • Roger Waters
  • James and Ina Weeks
  • Philippa Weismann and Lucy Veltri
  • Anna Wintour
  • 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

  • Suzanne and Robert Abramski
  • Jerome Adler and Beth Lebowitz
  • Carol Mulvihill Ahlers and Ronald Ahlers
  • Jessica Alfonsi - The Scully Peretsman Foundation
  • Eric Altman
  • Lea Attalla
  • Avalon Nature Preserve
  • The J. Baker Foundation
  • The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation
  • Bob Baldwin and Margaret Sieck
  • Leslie Barker
  • Michael and Jasmine Barr
  • Gregory Bauso
  • Garrard Beeney and Evan Mason
  • Ruth and Leonard Benowich
  • Fran Bermanzohn and Alan Roseman
  • Rick Bogusch
  • Joshua Brand and Brooks McEwen
  • Rob and Carolyn Brennan
  • Steve Bodzinger
  • Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr.
  • Kathleen and Travis Brown
  • Gary and Dawn Burkhead
  • John Buttrick
  • David Bynum
  • Marcia Bystryn
  • Bill Carmean and Nancy Ross
  • The Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
  • Lori and Alexandre Chemla
  • Michael Coles and Edie Landeck
  • Joanne and Anthony Colletta
  • Ellen Darion and Roger Chudzik
  • Dime Savings
  • Mae and Andrew Duffy
  • Michael Dukmejian and Polly Botti
  • Charles P. Durkin, Jr.
  • Susan Edwards and Ian Ziskin
  • Julia Fahey and Ben Rice
  • Ann ffolliott
  • Robert Fleischer and Susan Raanan
  • Hans Flick and Celeste M. Kime
  • Forward Current Foundation
  • John and Candice Frawley
  • Suzanne and John Golden
  • Lisa A. Grattan
  • Louise Guarneri and Stephen Gelfman
  • Alexander M.D.C. Guest
  • Susan Koehn Habermann and Matthew Habermann
  • Anne and John Hall
  • Amy and Doug Halsey
  • Steve and Maureen Hannan
  • Lisa Hess
  • Jon Hlafter and Claudia Hamilton
  • Jonathan Hoefler and Carleen Borsella
  • Jessica Hoffman Brennan
  • The Holly Peterson Foundation
  • Carolyn and David Holstein
  • Sarah K. Howard
  • Bettysue Hughes
  • Alice and David Hunt
  • The Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust
  • David and Chantal Landman
  • Alexander Laughlin
  • Nan and Donald Leitch
  • Alfred Levitt and Megan Bowles
  • Kenneth and Jeanne Levy-Church
  • Jacqueline LiCalzi and Jill Schlesinger
  • Michael Light
  • Neil and Amelia MacDonald
  • James MacGregor and Claire Montgomery
  • Tim and Cyndi Maran
  • Erica and Sam Martini
  • Richard Mavity and Carole Greene-Mavity
  • Joe Mc Kay
  • The McCall Family
  • Scott McDavid and Maegan Hinton
  • Constance McDonald
  • Patricia McIntyre
  • Meryl Meltzer - The Romenesa Foundation
  • The Mendez/Henshaw Family
  • Joyce Menschel
  • Jessica Mezzacappa and John Zieman
  • Mary and Garrett Moran
  • Alison Morgridge
  • Olivia Motch
  • Amanda and Donald Mullen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Murphy
  • L. Normandia
  • Yvetta Rechler-Newman
  • Marilyn and David Rivkin
  • Drs. Lori and Scott Rosen
  • Janet C. Ross
  • Robert M. Rubin and Stephane Samuel
  • The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
  • Jeffery and Mala Sander
  • Ann Sandford
  • Judith Saner
  • Linda S. Sanford
  • Regina and John Scully
  • Karen and Samuel Seymour
  • The Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation
  • Elizabeth and Robert Sheehan
  • Daryl Simon
  • Frederick and Nancy Smith
  • Michael Sonnenfeldt and Katja Goldman
  • The Stein Family, East Marion
  • Lauren Stone
  • Peter Talty and Linda Stabler-Talty
  • Margaretta Taylor
  • The Children's Trust
  • Laura and Robert Toussie
  • George and Mary Gwen Halsey Tyda
  • Andrew and Paul Vizcarrondo
  • Candace and Jonathan Wainwright
  • Pamela Weekes and Constance McDonald
  • The William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation
  • William Weihman and Peggy Stephan
  • Amerika and Bradd Williamson
  • The Woodward Family Charitable Foundation
  • Lloyd Zuckerberg and Charlotte Triefus

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.

  • Sherril and Gerald Adams
  • Diana and Kenneth Adams
  • Michael and Sheryl Ahearn
  • Peggy Amster
  • Ranjana Armstrong
  • Emily Aspinall
  • Anne and Bruce Babcock
  • John Bacon
  • Sid and Stephanie Bail
  • Lillian Ball and David Reed
  • Melissa Roper Barnett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baron
  • Mary Beth and James Barrett
  • Jim and Ann Barry of Artisan Mortgage
  • Kyra and David Barry
  • Betsy Battle
  • Barbara and Steven Baum
  • Peter Bendek
  • Second Star Foundation
  • Kathy and Gene Bernstein
  • David Bohnett
  • William Boltz and William Ehardt
  • Edward Booth
  • Robert Boyle
  • Patricia Ann Brennan
  • Bill and BJ Brodmerkel
  • Irene and Stephen Brotman
  • Jerry Brown and Lois Peltz
  • Marcus Bryan
  • Sarah Burnes and Sebastian Heath
  • Lisa and Richard Byers
  • Nancy Bynum
  • Cheryl Sokolow of C Fine Art
  • James Cain
  • Janel Anderberg Callon
  • Cheryl Carter and Edward R. Donovan
  • Camilla Hildreth Cesarini
  • Molly Channing
  • Thomas K. Chu, Esq.
  • Lillian and Joel Cohen
  • Leslie and Cliff Cohen
  • Peter A. Cohen
  • Amy and William Conway
  • Romy and David Coquillette
  • Peter Corbett
  • Emily and Erich Cramer
  • Thomas Crane
  • M. Elaine Croker and Ralph Crocker
  • Alice and Harold Culver
  • Michael Daly
  • Kristen Dawson
  • M. & F. De Giorgis
  • Robert and Kristen DeLaMater
  • Alison Delaney and Aaron Bokros
  • Laura Donnelly
  • Karin C. Driscoll
  • Elizabeth Stark Dugan
  • William Edwards and Amei Wallach
  • Mary Eisenstein
  • Cornelia Erpf-Forsman and Paul Forsman
  • Michael Escue and the Max Lucy Group LLC
  • Ellen and Michal P. Esposito, Jr.
  • Wendy and Michael Esposito
  • The ExxonMobil Corporation
  • John Feinblatt
  • Gena Feist
  • Laura and Michael Ferrante
  • Frank and Louiza Ferrara
  • Rosemary and Carlos Ferrer
  • Constance and F. Wood Fischer
  • Eric Fischl and April Gornick
  • Anna Lou Fletcher
  • Donna Fletcher
  • Stephanie and Lawrence Flinn, Jr.
  • Laura Flug
  • The Fries Family
  • Martie and Rick Fritz
  • Brian Fuhrmann
  • Susan Gardner and Martha Cassidy
  • Anne Garonzik
  • Emily and Huntley Garriott
  • Clayton Gates and Jennifer Jacobs
  • Courtney Geelan
  • Mary Ellen Geelan
  • Joan and Tom Geismar
  • Sean and Cayley Gelbwaks
  • Michael Geraci
  • Sima Ghadamian
  • Emma Gilbey-Keller
  • Kenneth Gilman and Carol Feinberg
  • Nancy and Tom Gleason
  • Mary Cox Golden
  • Barbara and Henry Gooss
  • Joanne and Thomas Gouge
  • Gloria Greco and Elizabeth Crea
  • Rachel Green
  • Steven Greenfield
  • Susan Gullia
  • Madelaine Haberman and Michael Sprung
  • Melinda Hackett
  • Jane Halsey
  • John Halsey and Janis Ebli-Halsey
  • Suzanne Halsey
  • William Hamilton
  • Tricia Hammes and Jerome Mounier
  • Herrick Hardware
  • Noel and Deborah Hare
  • Michael Herz and Jean Roiphe
  • Ian Highet and Carroll Reid Highet
  • Constance Hoguet Neel
  • Carol and Tom Isles
  • Donna Issenberg
  • Henry and Debbie Izumizaki
  • J. McLaughlin
  • John Josephson and Carolina Zapf
  • Harry Kamen
  • Katy Kemen
  • Roberta Kaplan and Rachel Lavine
  • Kimberly and John Keiserman
  • Michaela Keszler
  • Christine Killorin and John Nussbaumer
  • Larry Klurfeld and Joele Frank
  • Ed Krug and John Haubrich
  • Mara and Dean Landis
  • Anne G. Lange
  • Wendy and Steven Langman
  • Liza and John Larkin
  • Kathy and Michael Lavyne
  • Beth and Ira Leventhal
  • Judith Little
  • Susan and Joseph Loiacono
  • The Lou Lin Development Corp.
  • Patricia Lowry and John Touhey
  • Joseph Macari and Kim Staller
  • Michael Madigan and Karen Blumer
  • Tripp March
  • Thomas and Elizabeth Markowski
  • Leslie and Thomas Matthews
  • Alex Matthiessen
  • The May Foundation
  • Carolyn McCall
  • Marge McDonnell
  • Mary McKay
  • The McLaughlin Family
  • Richard McNally
  • Leigh and Charles Merinoff
  • Alstair G.C. Merrick and Tracey Dedrick
  • Alice and Peter Mignerey
  • William and Patricia Milford
  • Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale
  • Maryann and Bob Miller
  • Maryellyn and Thad Miller
  • Evan and Beth Minogue
  • Dede Gotthelf and Terry Moan
  • Ornella and Robert Morrow
  • D. Garry Munson and Lynn McMahon
  • Paul Nardone, Jr. and Robin Sieranski
  • Nawrocki Smith LLP
  • Elin and Michael Nierenberg
  • Nonank Aquaculture Cooperative
  • Connie and John Norbeck
  • Joseph Obermayer and Nicholas Rutherford
  • Terence O'Malley
  • John and Joan Owens
  • Irving Paler
  • Joanne and Hal Parton
  • Boushelle and James Pearson
  • Peconic Propane Inc.
  • The Peconic Stewardship Fund at The Long Island Community Foundation
  • Foundation Femme Debut
  • Sandra Pershing and Marc Keller
  • Barbara Phillips
  • Jennifer and James Pike
  • Nancy Posel
  • Mary Post
  • Powercrush Inc.
  • Paul Powers and Tina Davis
  • Nancy and Sheldon Prentice
  • Roney Propp
  • Joseph Pufahl
  • Anne and Jeff Pundyk
  • Suzanne and Philip Reynolds
  • Tim and Cameron Rice
  • Robert Rifkind
  • Amy and John Rocchetta
  • Leah and Greg Rodgers
  • Sheila Rodgers and Good Shepard Farm
  • Christopher Rogers
  • Phyllis and Jim Rogers
  • Paul Rogers
  • David Rohde
  • Lauren and Michael Rosato
  • Lisa Roselli
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Daryl and Steven Roth
  • Michelle Roussan
  • William Ryall and Barry Bergdoll
  • Lynn and John Savarese
  • Sophia Schachter
  • Elizabeth Schaffner
  • Val Schaffner
  • Maria Schlanger and Steven Birenbaum
  • Anthony Schlesinger and Anne Forward
  • Jill Schlesinger
  • Fred Schmeltzer
  • Barbara Schnitzler and William Finkelstein
  • Ira and Jody Schwartz
  • Pennie and Paul Schwartz
  • Marianne and Dom Seddio
  • Frederic and Robin Seegal
  • Tracy and Eric Semler
  • Alan Shapiro
  • Andrew Shapiro
  • Dozie Sheahan
  • Kevin and Mariann Simms
  • Anne and Ron Smith
  • Rona Smith
  • Stacy Sonnenberg
  • Annaliese Soros
  • Lisa Stamm Booher
  • Andrew and Patricia Steffan
  • Herbert J. and Marsha K. Stern
  • Cora Stoll
  • Rand, Emilie, and Ben Stoll
  • Richard and Susan Sullivan
  • Rev. and Mrs. George and Lynn Summers
  • Mike and Liz Sweeny
  • Taranto Family Foundation
  • Karen and David Tayeh
  • John Taylor III
  • Lois Teich
  • Peter and Laura Treadway
  • Robert Uher
  • Tom Suozzi
  • Alice and Jack Van de Wetering
  • Glyn Vincent and Stacy Goodman
  • Diana and Rafael Vinoly
  • Beverly Vlcek
  • James Voss and Stephanie Joyce
  • Tom and Isabel Wacker
  • Andrew Walsh
  • Jerrell Watts
  • Eric M. Wechsler and Philip A. Kovacevich
  • Henry Weisburg and Lisa Donneson
  • Howard Weiss
  • Howard and Sylvia Welsh
  • Marissa Wesely and Fred Hamerman
  • Gwen Whiting and James Dale
  • Peter S. Wilson and Scott K. Sanders
  • Marie and Kenneth Wong
  • Caroline and Richard Yates
  • Patricia and Frederick Yosca
  • Lois and Andrew Zaro
  • Susan Kennedy Zeller

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
  • Michael A. Ferrante
  • Lee Foster
  • Marilee Foster
  • Nancy K. Goell
  • Herbert Golden*
  • Charlotte Hanson
  • Richard Hogan
  • Stephen M. Jones
  • 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
  • John S. Norbeck
  • David R. Osborn*
  • Randall T. Parsons
  • Gregg Rivara
  • 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
631-283-0235 (fax)

Quail Hill Community Farm

660 Old Stone Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
631-283-0235 (fax)

Bridge Gardens

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