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  • Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

    A Very Big Deal

    The 216-acre Seminary of the Immaculate Conception has been a part of Lloyd Harbor history for centuries. We are very pleased to announce that this incredible natural area filled with mature forest, wetlands and meadows will become a permanent part of our community’s future.

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  • Growing Healthy Communities Through Food and Gardening

    North Shore Land Alliance and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County have teamed up to provide health and wellness programs for youth and adults at our Roosevelt Community Garden.

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  • Humes Preserve

    Grasslands Symposium Highlights Long Island’s Grassland Restoration Efforts

    Grasslands Symposium highlighted the significant work occurring on Long Island to protect and establish grasslands, as well as ways we can grow more biodiverse landscapes.

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  • Wawapek Greenhouse Propogation

    Wawapek Greenhouse Restoration and Native Seed Propagation

    Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Gerry Charitable Trust, the restoration of the Wawapek greenhouse began last year. This fall, with the help of our volunteers, we’ve been collecting native wildflower and grass seeds from our preserves to propagate in the greenhouse.

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  • Cushman Woods

    Cushman Woods Meadow Transformation

    About two years have passed since we launched site preparation for the Cushman Woods meadow. The first step was forestry mulching, which involved the use of a powerful brush cutting tool to cut and shred years’ growth of undesirable vegetation. It included porcelainberry vine and multiflora rose on about five open (but badly) invaded acres of Cushman Woods Preserve. This area is located along a utility line in the northwest part of the property.

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  • Volunteer to Plant A Woodland Pollinator Garden

    Restoration of the Williams Preserve

    Williams has come a long way since Mary and Tim Williams donated this beautiful 4.5-acre Lattingtown parcel to the Land Alliance last June. We are embarking upon an extensive preserve-wide habitat restoration. Our restoration ecologist consultant Peter Meleady generously donated the plan.

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    Sisters of St. Joseph: Estate Planning on a Divine Scale

    We are delighted to report that the Sisters of St. Joseph have committed to donating to the Land Alliance a 47-acre conservation easement on a forested parcel of their 212-acre property in Brentwood (Suffolk County). This is just one of many actions the Sisters are taking to protect their valuable work and the future of our world.

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  • Enjoy the Gift of Nature: Explore Land Alliance Preserves

    North Shore Land Alliance preserves are free and open to the public from sunup to sundown seven days a week. Please join us at these wonderful places filled with flora and fauna and the wonders of nature.

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  • North Shore Land Alliance Nature Preserve

    2023 Walks in the Woods & Other Cool Things to Do Outside

    Our Walks in the Woods are as popular as always, limited only by parking/access restrictions at the delightful, often off-the-beaten-path locations we introduce participants to.

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  • A Decade of Service by Friends Academy Students

    For ten years, the Land Alliance has had the pleasure of hosting Friends Academy students who spend the last three weeks of the school year volunteering for independent service projects. We are grateful for and impressed by their good nature and willingness to learn

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  • Volunteers Help Enhance Habitat Quality at Our Preserves

    This Spring, volunteers have been busy at all of our preserves completing meaningful projects that improve habitat quality and visitor experience. We extend our deepest gratitude to the groups and organizations that have generously given us a hand in these endeavors

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  • Senator Kevin Thomas visits the Roosevelt Community Garden for Earth Day

    6th Annual Earth Day at the Roosevelt Community Garden

    Nearly 100 volunteers gathered at the Roosevelt Community Garden on Saturday, April 22nd to take part in our 6th Annual Earth Day event. We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who joined us in this year’s celebration.

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  • North Shore Land Alliance O'Neil Steward

    Carter Rogan – 2023 O’Neil Steward

    We are delighted to introduce Carter Rogan as a valuable addition to our esteemed O’Neil Stewards program. Carter is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry. Carter, a native Long Islander, has an affinity for native plants and animals and is looking forward to applying what he’s learned […]

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  • North Shore Land Alliance O'Neil Steward

    Patrick Muccini – 2023 O’Neil Steward

    We are thrilled to welcome Patrick Muccini to our esteemed O’Neil Stewards program. Patrick, a Long Island native and a rising senior at Binghamton University, brings a passion for environmental science ecosystems and a strong commitment to conservation.

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  • Victoria Bell - 2023 O'Neil Steward

    Victoria Bell – 2023 O’Neil Steward

    Victoria Bell is a rising junior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with minors in Forestry and Music. She is from Huntington and is passionate about keeping Long Island’s natural areas in good health. She’s interested in conservation, ecology, environmental justice, climate change mitigation and how these disciplines intersect.

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  • glass recycling

    Recycling Matters

    As of January 1st, the Town of Oyster Bay has reinstated its glass recycling program after a four-year hiatus. Oyster Bay joins the towns of North Hempstead, Huntington, Hempstead, Islip, Babylon, Smithtown and others across the island in recycling this highly used material.

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  • Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act Signed Into Law

    When landowners choose to conserve their land there are several different ways to achieve that end. One important tool is a conservation easement, a voluntary, perpetual agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization, such as the Land Alliance, that restricts the use of the land to protect its conservation values.

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  • Historic Humes Tavern House

    Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Grant for the Historic Tavern House

    North Shore Land Alliance is honored to have been awarded a grant through the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for the adaptive reuse of the Tavern House at the Humes Preserve.

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    North Shore Land Alliance Protects Water with Hydro-Action Clean Water Septic Technology

    The North Shore Land Alliance is leading the charge by installing a new, eco-conscious Hydro-Action clean water septic system at their newly remodeled headquarters at the Humes Preserve in Mill Neck.

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  • Shore Road Grass

    Conservation Easements 101

    If you ask conservation easement expert and tax attorney Stephen J. Small why people choose to place conservation easements on their land, he will give you the same answer every time. They love their land, they love their land and they love their land!

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  • Long Island Water Quality Update

    We are extremely concerned by septic system pollution, as we all sit on top of underground aquifers where fresh water replenishes into a deep recharge aquifer. Any untreated water that flows into the aquifer will eventually make its way into our drinking water.

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  • Walks in the Woods

    Preview our 2023 Walks in the Woods

    Mark your calendars for the North Shore Land Alliance’s 2023 Walks in the Woods and Other Cool Things to Do Outside. Check out what’s planned and where our walks are happening. Our 2023 Calendar will be mailed to all members in January. You can register online in early January for these upcoming events.

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  • Williams Preserve, Lattingtown

    Williams Preserve Progress

    Our first order of business at the charming Williams Preserve in Lattingtown, donated by Mary and Tim Williams, was to mow the areas along the driveway to facilitate access for maintenance. We then conducted an initial clearing of what will become a tiny parking area, to be installed once we have secured local approval. Since […]

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  • Beech Leaf Disease

    Beech Leaf Disease: Search For a Treatment

    Last year Land Alliance stewardship staff began documenting a worrying condition at our preserves. We witnessed a distinctive striping pattern along the leaves of American beech trees. When standing under a tree and looking up at the leaves, we observed dark bands across them between leaf veins, sometimes alternating with the green leaf color.

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  • Seed Collecting at Humes Preserve with North Country Garden Club

    The Land Alliance, in partnership with the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District and the local community, is in the process of restoring the meadow, (which was at one time farm fields).

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