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The Trust is a Means to an End

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December 17, 2018

By John v.H. Halsey

President's Letter: John v.H. Halsey

Given the Peconic Land Trust’s 35th Anniversary, I can’t help but reflect on the conservation that you have made possible through your support since 1983. For me, since its inception, the Trust has been a means to an end, a vehicle to protect the farms and fields, ponds and beaches of my youth. Today, the Trust is far more than that!

Please consider the farms, woods, and shorelines that exist today because of you. There are historic buildings and white pine forests that stand today because of you. There is clean water to drink and oysters to eat because of you. There is a place for landowners to come as they grapple with the future of their land because of you. There are children who know where a carrot comes from because of you. The Trust exists because of you – and all of us who share your passion thank you for making it possible!

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Panoramic view of Widow's Hole Preserve

As 2018 winds down, please consider the breadth of our work. Together, we are protecting land around public drinking well sites in Brookhaven; we are creating resilient, living shorelines on the Forge River and at Widow’s Hole in Greenport; we are leasing farmland to over 24 new and established farmers on the North and South Forks; we are helping the Shinnecock Nation protect sacred burial sites in Southampton; we are preserving and repurposing an historic house as a farmstead in Southold; we are protecting farmland in Southampton and East Hampton that will always be accessible and affordable for farmers who grow food. This is but a sampling of over 35 projects currently under way, a glimpse of our impact because of you.

But, there is still so much more to be done. Thousands of acres of land remain vulnerable to development, the quality of our water is threatened, and the character of our communities is at risk. Conserving what we know and love is never done and always urgent, and you are the key to our success. You see, the Trust is more than a vehicle to protect the farms and fields, ponds and beaches of my youth. The Trust is, in fact, your means to conserve all that you love on Long Island, truly an end worth fighting for.

Thanks again for all that you do! I wish you all the very best during this Holiday Season!