• Board formed, 501 (c)3 not-for-profit status granted.
• Conservation opportunities identified through “Greenprint” process.
• Idea for an open space bond successfully presented to County Executive.
• Coalition organized to promote first Nassau County $50M Environmental
Bond Program and second Town of Oyster Bay $30M Save Environmental
Assets (SEA ) Fund Bond.
• Funds for Bond Campaign raised at first wine auction. Bond passes with
First Family Picnic held.
• Nassau County Bond selection committee begins work, 55 acres preserved.
• Mapping completed identifying over 300 local parcels five acres or larger.
• New York State Open Space list expanded by 3, 600 acres based on Land
• Website launched, Land Alliance receives staffing grant.
• Membership grows to 700+ families.
• Nassau County places $100M bond on November ballot.
• Land Alliance raises funds and sponsors the Campaign for the bond,
winning again with 77% majority.
• IRS increases tax deduction for conservation easements. NY State enacts
law that provides for a tax credit for conservation easements.
• Town of Huntington purchases Mohlenhoff property. Nassau County
purchases portions of Pulling, Old Westbury Gardens, Northwood and
• Membership grows to 880 families.
A really great year for conservation!
• The Town of Oyster Bay places $60M bond on ballot. Land Alliance
leads bond campaign and wins with 72% majority. Suffolk County .
cent sales tax passes. Land Alliance participates in process to allocate
• Town of Oyster Bay purchases 80 acres of open space including the
• Land Alliance begins 2008 with 77 acres of private easements, 65 acres
of Nature Conservancy preserves under management and 202 acres
protected through public acquisition. Smithers, Humes, Old Mill and
more are included.
• The Town of Oyster Bay sets precedent by placing an easement on public
land for added long-term protection.
• Popular “Walks in the Woods” series begins.
• Land Alliance runs the campaign for the successful Town of Huntington
$15M bond, which passes with a 75% majority. Ballot measures across
the US top $7B in conservation funding.
• The development of the historic Hitchcock Fields in Old Westbury into
a high-density cemetery causes public concern.
• Land Alliance adds Golf Outing and NYC Lecture Series events to lineup.
Membership reaches 1,200 families.
• Recession continues and the pace of land conservation slows.
• 65 acres of open space conserved.
• Land Alliance completes natural resource inventory for 12 least developed
North Shore Villages. Analysis includes features like tree cover, soil
type, grasslands, steep slopes, breeding bird population for each village.
The development of a comprehensive plan to protect valuable natural
resources is encouraged in a series of public meetings.
• Land Alliance assumes management of an additional 135 acres of TNC
preserves as well as programming for the 73-acre Roosevelt Preserve.
• Program service rate for the Land Alliance is 93%. (For every dollar
spent, 93 cents goes toward programs.)
• Land Alliance contributes $2M to the acquisition of the 60-acre Banfi
Fields by Nassau County and a private conservation investor. Deal closed
on December 31st, ringing in a Happy New Year for us all.
• To date, Land Alliance has been instrumental in the protection of more
than 800 acres of land.
• Land Alliance joins others in rallying support for restoration of NY
State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding and the permanent
renewal of the tax credit for conservation easements.
• Land Alliance, in partnership with Town, village and neighbors, attempts
to purchase the 117-acre Woodcrest Club in Muttontown for conservation
purposes. Effort unsuccessful but a model for conservation was unveiled.
• Restoration of local meadows begins. Roosevelt Preserve programming is
expanded. “Walks in the Woods” attendance exceeds 200 people.
• Land Alliance receives a two-year grant to spearhead local sustainable
farming initiative. Second year of environmental education program
at Roosevelt Preserve is successfully completed. Important partnerships
form to ensure continuance of both programs.
• Membership grows to almost 1,700 families and volunteer force reaches
• Rauch Foundation launches study to calculate economic benefits of open
space. It is determined that LI’s parks, farms and open spaces supply
quantifiable economic benefits worth over $2.74 billion per year. Results
arm Land Alliance with valuable new information in pursuit of future
• Enhanced tax credit for conservation easements expires, weakening
incentive for private conservation efforts.
• D’Loren, Morgan and Northwood easements are completed, resulting in
43.8 acres of private conservation. No public conservation transactions
• Land Alliance purchases historic Trousdell property to protect emblematic
parcel from intensive development with the intention of placing a
conservation easement on the property and selling to a conservation
• 60-acre Banfi transaction is completed with land swap authorized by state.
• Inaugural Small Farm Summit on April 15th attended by 400+ community
members interested in promoting sustainable local agriculture and
connecting people, food and land. Farm at Oyster Bay (aka Littauer
Estate) harvests 1,500 pounds of vegetables to donate to the hungry.
• Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and Land Alliance agree to join
forces to protect the 31-acre DeForest Williams Estate in Cold Spring
Harbor. Substantial process to follow but an important partnership is
• Land Alliance raises $625,000 to purchase a one-year option on the
DeForest Williams property in Cold Spring Harbor. Town, County and
community remain engaged.
• ExxonMobil donates eight-acre property to the Land Alliance for
conservation purposes, a precedent-setting gift of land from a major
• Land Alliance is awarded $576,000 in grants – a record amount for the
organization ($500,000 from New York State and $35,000 from the 1772
Foundation for DeForest Williams acquisition and $36,000 from EPF for
the TNC preserves transfer and accreditation preparation).
• The road to accreditation is officially underway. Organizational assessment
is completed and pre-registration documentation is approved.
• Nassau County Environmental Bond funds are depleted with park
improvements such as new parking lots at Pulling and Smithers and the
acquisition of the Brooklyn Water Works.
• The second Small Farm Summit draws 700+ attendees. Land Alliance
volunteer corps nears 200 people. Membership grows to 2,146 families.
• The enhanced tax credit for conservation easements is renewed for two
• Land Alliance ends the year with 15 conservation easements totaling
135 acres, 75 acres in fee-owned land and 74 additional acres under
• Heritage Society (young members’ group) kicks off with Harriman Cup
(annual University of Virginia vs Yale polo game) presence.
• Environmental, civic and conservation groups come together around the
issues of surface and groundwater. A large, active coalition forms.
2013 to present
• Land Alliance celebrates 10th anniversary with nearly 1,000 acres of land
protected and a membership nearing 2,500 families.
• 32-acre DeForest Williams acquisition advances with closing expected in
late 2013 or early 2014.
• Nitrogen pollution in our water tops the list of Long Island’s most serious
• Restoration of ExxonMobil property begins with community celebration
• Trousdell House restoration nears completion with sale expected by year
• Land Alliance volunteers and staff work together to replace more than
200 native trees destroyed in local preserves during Superstorm Sandy.
• Application for land trust accreditation is completed and submitted for
• Land Alliance assists in update of New York State Open Space plan
facilitating the inclusion of a waterfront golf course on Long Island’s
South Shore for the first time.
• Land Alliance assumes management of two more preserves owned by
The Nature Conservancy. Those preserves are the 8-acre Davenport
Preserve, Laurel Hollow, and the 4-acre Harbor Hill Sanctuary, Lake