North Shore Land Alliance

2013  Fall  Newsletter

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[spacer][bullet]Why We Work to Protect
[spacer]Open Space
[spacer][bullet]Land Protection Goals
[spacer][bullet]Conservation Approach
[spacer][bullet]NSLA Organization
[spacer][bullet]How to Protect Land
[spacer][bullet]Draft Conservation
[spacer][bullet]Tax Advantages
  [bullet] Model Ordinances

 [bullet]Volunteer to Help
[spacer][bullet]Join the  Legacy Club
[spacer][bullet]Start a Local NSLA Chapter
[spacer][bullet]Conserve Your Own Land
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[spacer][bullet]Encourage Others to
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[spacer]NEWS & EVENTS
[spacer]CONTACT US


Land Alliance Receives National  Accreditation

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awarded the North Shore Land Alliance with national accreditation today. There are 1,700 land trusts across the world, and only 254 have received national accreditation. The Land Alliance was one of 17 land trusts receiving this year's awards and the only recipient in New York state this year. continue reading

Rendering of construction phase of proposed development

DeForest Williams - $1 Million Closer to Permanent Protection



Closing, which had originally been scheduled for late March, has been postponed for 40 to 50 days. Final subdivision approval is required before closing can occur. In reviewing the Estate’s application for partitioning two lots for the family, the Town of Huntington’s health department found inadequacies in the property’s septic systems which had to be repaired.  With months of snow and frozen ground, it has been impossible to make those repairs. Otherwise, everything is proceeding on a very positive track. continue reading

ExxonMobil - $35,000 Grant Received to Begin Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has selected the Land Alliance’s launch of habitat restoration at 95 Shore Road (former ExxonMobil property) in Cold Spring Harbor as one of three restoration projects to be funded with monies from a 2003 settlement in a natural resource damage claim against a Superfund Site located in Glen Cove. The money will be used to create native short grass, tall grass, and wet meadow ecological communities on approximately three acres at the property. Specific project activities include seeding with grassland and wildflower species and planting plugs and container herbaceous and shrub/tree species. continue reading

Government Updates

2014 Farm Bill – President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law last week and, for the first time in history, it included $1.3 Billion to help land trusts purchase conservation easements on farms and ranches. This legislation creates the largest single government funding source for land conservation and will be most helpful in ensuring access to fresh, local food across America.
 Environmental Protection Fund (EPF)
Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal increases the EPF appropriation by a modest $4 Million, from $153 Million to $157 Million. New York’s environmental community urges that it be increased to $200 Million to address critical needs that exist for programs that benefit clean air and water, healthy communities, job creation and municipal services. During the recent recession, the annual EPF appropriation was drastically reduced from $255 million to $134 million. This reduction negatively impacted programs that conserve our precious clean water; support our community parks and farm, forestry, recycling and tourism sectors; and empower our municipalities to become more resilient to storm impacts. continue reading

 Water Worries from West to East

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in his State of the County address said " the single most important initiative of his administration is to curb the decades of nitrogen poisoning we have been inflicting on our ground and surface waters here in Suffolk County". continue reading



Introducing the NSLA

The North Shore Land Alliance, Inc. ("NSLA")
is a land trust formed to protect and preserve,
in perpetuity, the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island's North Shore
for the
enjoyment and benefit of future generations and the protection and enhancement of quality of life.

Important scenic, ecological and historical elements of the North Shore of Long Island are rapidly being lost, due to the pace of real estate development. With the need for open space protection so pressing, concerned North Shore citizens have formed the North Shore Land Alliance to promote conservation along Long Island's entire North Shore.

The NSLA's designated area reaches from the southern boundary of the Northern State Parkway to the shore of Long Island Sound and from the western boundary of Nassau County to the eastern boundary of Brookhaven Township.

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The North Shore Land Alliance is a tax-exempt organization designed to promote local land conservation by working with individual landowners, local communities, village-based land trusts and other conservation organizations, as well as local and county governments. Services include:

  • Educating landowners and other interested parties about ways to protect their land including tax advantages donors receive for conservation.

  • Assisting individuals in determining and carrying out the best conservation solution for their land including holding conservation easements or title to donated land.

  • Providing services to increase the effectiveness of village-based conservation organizations and concerned communities of the North Shore by providing a step by step guide for conservation.

  • Organizing and launching new efforts to preserve open space in North Shore Communities. Matching funding sources with potential recipients and advocating creation of additional tax incentives and public funding for conservation.

  • Building awareness among North Shore residents of the need for and benefits of open space conservation through community meetings, newspaper articles, and "The NSLA Conservation News."

  • Providing stewardship services for conservation easements and preserves. Including monitoring easements and preserves to ensure conformance to the provisions of the easement or the deed.

The NSLA is a membership-based organization seeking support from individuals, organizations, and village-based conservation organizations for its work. Its board of trustees is drawn from residents of villages along the North Shore. The Nature Conservancy of Long Island provides supporting services to the NSLA. The NSLA is a member of the Land Trust Alliance (a national organization of land trusts).

For information about the North Shore Land Alliance and its services, please contact, Lisa Ott, President, at (516) 626-0908, Fax (516) 484-4419 or e-mail us at, or write us at the North Shore Land Alliance, 151 Post Road, Old Westbury, New York 11568.


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2014 Walk in the Woods Calendar

Next Walk

April 27 at 2:00 pm

Cold Spring Harbor
DeForest Williams & Former ExxonMobil site

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