Amagansett, NY

Silver Beech Preserve

Acreage

189.3

Things to do

Hiking, Birdwatching, Photography, Nature Study

Access

Public

Address
Amagansett, NY

About

In February 2003, the Trust received a spectacular gift of land from cousins Margaret de Cuevas and Deborah Carmichael -- Silver Beech Preserve, 189.3-acres of mature forest featuring American beech, white oak, red maple, sassafras and flowering dogwood which provides valuable habitat and sits above the deepest part of our sole source aquifer in Amagansett.

"We have known and loved this land since we were children in the 1960s," said Maggie in a profile in the Trust's 2003 Summer newsletter speaking about why she and her cousin Deborah took the initiative to protect the land. "Taking a walk through the woods was a big adventure back then, and we took many walks to visit the great big trees that grow out of the deep kettleholes in the Silver Beech Preserve. The landscape of the South Fork has changed so much since then -- species diversity has declined and water quality has become a problem in many areas. We wanted to help preserve what's left." 

Sites

The woodlands in the North Amagansett area of which Silver Beech Preserve is part — approximately 600 acres preserved — is critical for the bio-diversity of the forest, offering habitat for a wide variety of sensitive species including red-shouldered and broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse, great horned owls, innumerable migrating birds, Eastern box turtle, and three species of salamander. Equally important, the preserve land is part of the Town of East Hampton’s Water Recharge Overlay District, sitting above the deepest part of the aquifer, our sole source of drinking water. Through land conservation, we are all working together to improve the quality of our precious water resources.

This expanse of woodland would not be here if it weren’t for families like Maggie and Deborah’s — including Evan Frankel, the Potter family, Mary and Peter Stone, Andy Sabin, William Lange, Drs. Robert Abel & Helen Carter, and Deborah Light — who believed that conservation outcomes were possible. We are truly grateful to them and the hundreds of families who have trusted us to help them protect their family lands. 

“We have known and loved this land since we were children in the 1960's. Taking a walk through the woods was a big adventure back then, and we took many walks to visit the great big trees that grow out of the deep kettleholes in Silver Beech Preserve.”

Margaret De Cuevas

Visitor Information

The the trails of Silver Beech and neighboring Red Dirt Preserve can be accessed from Stony Hill Road (north side) to the southeast of Laurel Hill Lane or from the South side of Red Diret Road, between Thuzar and Wolf Way. In both of these locations you will find the kiosks with information on the trails.

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Silver Beech Preserve

Amagansett, NY

Things To Do

Hiking
Birdwatching
Photography
Nature Study