Soundview Avenue Preserve

Project Type

Conservation, Stewardship

Acreage

0.5

Things to do

Birdwatching, Nature Study

Access

Public

Address

About

Thanks to the support of over 25 neighbors, the Peconic Land Trust acquired a half-acre parcel in April 2021. This small, but ecologically important parcel, is along a native forest corridor on Soundview Avenue in Southold. 

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The Trust acquired the property from Edith Cosban-Iserman who was interested in seeing a conservation outcome for the land. The conservation was inspired by a neighbor group, with a steering committee whose dedication and boundless energy saw this to completion: Isabelle Kanz, Cassie Kanz, Louise Harrison, Andy Duffy and Mike Dukmejian.

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Andy Duffy, Louise Harrison, Holly Sanford, Cassie Kanz, Isabelle Kanz, Phoebe Faint and Oliver Faint at the new Soundview Avenue Preserve.

“It was such a pleasure to work with a group of residents willing to collaborate on the hard work of research and fundraising in the shared goal of conservation,” said Peconic Land Trust Project Manager Holly Sanford. “Their community effort enabled the Trust to acquire and protect this land.”

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The woodland property is located along a native forest corridor in Southold that connects three County Parks – Goldsmith’s Inlet, Soundview Dunes Park, and Peconic Dunes Park. The woodlands have a variety of plant species, including native wildflowers and Jack-in-the-pulpit as well as grasses, mosses and shrubs that create a healthy habitat. This property also provides important groundwater recharge for our sole source aquifer.

This land is connected by natural plant life to maritime freshwater interdunal swales (a mosaic of wetlands that occur in low areas between dunes along the Atlantic coast). Listed as rare habitats by the New York Natural Heritage Program, maritime freshwater interdunal swales are more likely to be found on the South Fork, but this land is a key project because of its North Fork location.

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“It takes a community to make conservation possible, and this is a wonderful example about how a group of neighbors came together to protect land that provides not only a scenic vista but will contribute to the health of the aquifer. We thank all involved for stepping forward and making a difference!” said John v.H. Halsey, President, Peconic Land Trust.

Read the full press release here.

Visitor Information

The Soundview Avenue Preserve can be viewed from Soundview Avenue in Southold.

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Soundview Avenue Preserve

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Soundview Avenue Preserve

Things To Do

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Nature Study

Nature Study

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