Our Work

Conservation: Protecting the Land

What is Conservation?

The Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners to help plan and accomplish conservation projects that meet their goals and financial needs. We create partnerships with landowners, communities and all levels of government to develop win-win solutions that conserve land while respecting the rights of the individual and the interests of the public.

How it Works

We use these general guidelines when working with landowners to determine appropriate land conservation methods. 

Understand The Land To Be Protected 

As land is artificially divided, property lines rarely conform to significant natural features, much less habitats or scenic vistas. This being the case, the Trust analyzes each project by looking at the property’s existing conditions, natural features, and surrounding land uses. 

Understand The Goals And Circumstances Of The Landowner 

In order to preserve land, it is essential to understand the goals, needs, and circumstances of a landowner. For example, if a landowner desires to pass land on to the next generation and has strong conservation interests, it may be possible to preserve the land at no public cost through the use of a conservation easement to a private conservation organization. If a landowner is interested in conservation and realizing the equity within the land, a limited development approach may preserve the most significant portion of the parcel, while providing the landowner with a reasonable financial return. 

Devote The Resources Necessary To Actively Manage Protected Land 

It is important to understand and account for the financial resources needed to effectively manage the conserved land, including: 

  • the basic maintenance of land, including regular monitoring of the land, posting, clean-up, etc.; 
  • the restoration and enhancement of natural features such as agricultural soils, wetlands, and habitats; and 
  • the extent and nature of public access, including the construction and maintenance of improvements such as trails and other facilities. 

Learn more about:

Community Preservation Fund

It is a common misconception that the funds raised by the 2% real estate transfer tax go to Peconic Land Trust for its conservation programs. This is incorrect.

Conservation Options

There are a range of conservation options available to landowners that can be used alone or may be blended to help you achieve your objectives. Learn more about their criteria and procedures.

Public Policy on Conservation

We are committed to keeping landowners, donors and our government partners up to date on the latest issues concerning land conservation legislation.

Meet the Staff

The Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners to help plan and accomplish conservation projects that meet their goals and financial needs. We create partnerships with landowners, communities and all levels of government to develop win-win solutions that conserve land while respecting the rights of the individual and the interests of the public.