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Westmoreland Roe Preserve

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February 3, 2020

We love the new winter walks feature in the Shelter Island Reporter and were delighted to see picturesque Westmoreland Drive in the January 23 edition. Take a read through writer Susan Carey Dempsey’s article, which includes some of the history of the area and the surrounding conservation.

While taking the walk, make sure to take in the scenic beauty of the Trust’s Westmoreland Preserve on the corner of West Neck Road and Westmoreland Drive.

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Gifted to the Trust by the late John Roe in 2007. Westmoreland Preserve includes a manmade pond on its 6 acres of conserved land that includes fescue grasses and shrubland. Had Mr. Roe not conserved the land, it could have been developed into 3 single-family residences.

For birdwatchers, New York State protected birds Northern flicker, American robin, Song sparrow and Barn swallow are known to visit the preserve.

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The Town of Shelter Island works with the Trust on the stewardship of the land, mowing the fields in the season to allow for visitors to wander up to the pond.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to the Roe family for their history of conservation on Shelter Island! And to the Town for its support!

To learn more about places protected on Shelter Island and across Long Island, visit our interactive map and our Places to Visit page on our website!

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