OLD FIELD, NY (Nov. 3, 2017) — A key piece of Long Island Sound coastal property saved from development by the Open Space Institute is now permanently protected and under the management of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). A priority acquisition under the state’s Open Space Conservation Plan, the property helps protect vulnerable coastal areas and rich ecosystems.
Permanent protection of the property was made possible through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund which is an important source of funding for projects that protect the environment and enhance communities.
Previously slated to be developed into two large residences, the six-acre wooded property has 300 feet of frontage along the southeasterly shore of Flax Pond, opposite the pond’s outlet to the Long Island Sound. In January 2016, OSI purchased the property and began restoring the land — including the abatement and demolition of the asbestos-containing residence, and the removal and remediation of two underground oil tanks and an on-site septic system — to allow DEC to, ultimately, acquire the land.
“The permanent protection of this critical Long Island Sound coastal property shows the value of effective public-private partnerships in successful land conservation. This project not only preserves a fragile coastline in a high population area, but will also provide important recreational and learning opportunities for the community,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “OSI thanks Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature for their continuing support of land conservation through the Environmental Protection Fund; and DEC for its partnership in working to protect this critical shoreline property.”