Did you know there are more than 20,000 bee species in the world? Of those bees, 450 are native to New York State, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Unfortunately, many of our native bees are in decline. More than 50% of North American native bee species are in decline and nearly 1 in 4 are at increasing risk of extinction.
On November 8th, the NYS Clean Air, Clean Water and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act won with a resounding 67.57% majority! It’s nice to see that New Yorkers continue to value our environment. The NYS Environmental Bond Act will protect open space, safeguard clean drinking water, and update our aging water and sewer infrastructure while supporting nearly 100,000 good jobs.
One of the most common ways land trusts, like the North Shore Land Alliance, protect land is through conservation easements. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that protects a property and its unique conservation attributes by permanently restricting development or other uses of the land that have detrimental impacts.
As a member of the Plum Island Coalition, we are writing to President Biden to formally request that he use his executive and administrative powers to designate Plum Island as a National Monument for the purpose of ecological conservation, historical preservation, and the discovery and celebration of our shared cultural heritage.
We are pleased to present the 2022 class of O’Neil Conservation Stewards. Olivia Larocchia is a senior graduating from Binghamton University with a BS in Environmental Science. She is very passionate about taking care of the planet so that all living beings, whether people, plants or animals, can thrive today and far into the future. […]
Meg Rumplick – 2022 O’Neil Conservation Steward Meg Rumplick, an Islip native, is a junior at Vassar College majoring in Environmental Studies focusing on Plant Biology and Geography. Meg has a keen interest in preserving the environment. After working at Vassar’s ecological preserve and herbarium last semester, Meg knew working for the Land Alliance would […]
After considering many qualified candidates, we are pleased to welcome Lily Fallar to the 2022 class of O’Neil Conservation Stewards. Lily Fallar is a rising junior at Binghamton University. Lily is majoring in environmental science (with a concentration in earth science and natural resources) and is minoring in health and wellness. She is a Long […]
Think Native! As you start to think about your summer garden, it very important to incorporate native plants into your plan. Native plants provide more food for birds and beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees where non-native or invasive plants do not. More specifically, because native trees and shrubs have evolved with the local […]
The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful and environmentally significant 200+- acre property in Lloyd Harbor. The Land Alliance, working with the Seminary’s Board, the Trust for Public Land, the Village of Lloyd Harbor, the Town of Huntington and New York State, has begun laying the groundwork for a conservation transaction that would protect the beautiful forests, fields and wetlands contained within the property.
In a 2018 article in Science Magazine, “Space for nature,” Jonathan Baillie (chief scientist at the National Geographic Society) and Ya-Ping Zhang (biologist with the Chinese Academy of Scientists) encouraged “governments to set minimum targets of 30% of the oceans and land protected by 2030, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity and/or productivity, and to aim to secure 50% by 2050.”
Every five years (or as new data becomes available), the Land Alliance updates its Community Open Space Plan. We have generally included the 12 to 14 villages in our designated area where the most viable land conservation opportunities remain. The timing of this update turned out to be serendipitous this year in light of the recent “30×30” challenge that is gaining strength across the country and the world.
The Land Alliance’s biannual newsletter serves as our progress report to the community. We aim to highlight the important conservation work taking place and educate our members and friends on the issues that affect the natural beauty and environmental health of our community. As we take on the 30×30 challenge, we find this a good opportunity to share the primary tools utilized in land conservation.