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  • Happenings at Humes – From Gardens to the Garage

    We were kept busy with mowing the phase two area of the meadow this year but unfortunately that was more due to controlling weed growth than keeping winter rye from going to seed, (as had been the case with phase one).  Last fall’s seeding of the phase two area was less productive than phase one’s. […]

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    Invasive Plant Species Proliferation on Long Island

    As noted in a recent NY Times article, over the past 120 years, voracious insects and other pathogens have swept across North America with frightening regularity.

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  • The Value of Coastal Areas: What is Shore Road Doing for You?

    Shore Road Sanctuary is an eight-acre nature preserve. It features a salt marsh, grassland and wet meadow that is very often partially submerged by water. As you walk there, you may notice birds hidden amongst the grasses and fiddler crabs scuttling along the beach.

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    Water Quality Improvement Program Update

    As of May 2021, Nassau County homeowners and small business owners became eligible for grant funding from the Soil and Water Conservation District’s SEPTIC program. In November, a Sea Cliff resident successfully installed Nassau County’s first ever nitrogen-removing clean water septic system.

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  • Protecting a Treasured Landscape: Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

    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.

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  • What is 30×30? (Recently Renamed America the Beautiful)

    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.”

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  • The Land Alliance 30×30 Conservation Plan

    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.

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  • Conservation Tools

    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.

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  • Explore The Trails at these Five Nature Preserves This Summer

    The Land Alliance is thrilled to offer a variety of trail systems at our ten public preserves. Trails offer opportunities to explore new places, connect with nature, relax and reflect and even get some exercise. The five trails wind through scenic meadows, woodland, white pine forests and more.

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  • Nature Play is Good for Children (and Adults Too!)

    Nature Play is Good for Children (and Adults Too!)

    Providing access to natural areas is central to the Land Alliance’s mission. Studies show that spending time in nature provides children with a wide range of health and cognitive benefits. Nature play improves children’s love of learning, academic performance, focus and behavior. Learn about the new nature play area that will be installed at the Humes Preserve.

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  • Roosevelt Community Garden

    Fourth Season at the Roosevelt Community Garden

    Our Roosevelt Community Garden has become more than just a place to grow organic fruits, vegetables and herbs; it also is a place for gardeners to come together, to share and learn from each other.

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  • 2021 O’Neil Conservation Stewards

    We are excited to announce that we have chosen three interns for the summer 2021 I’Neil Conservation Stewards program, which will begin the first week of June. 

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  • Photo Credit: Tina Walsh for Hudson River Park

    How Investments in Clean Water Can Restore Ecosystems

    In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to restrict “point sources” such as factories and power plants from discharging contamination into US waterways. Over the nearly 50 years that have passed since then, NYC has invested more than $12 Billion to upgrade wastewater treatment.

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    The Cicadas Are Coming!

    If you were around in 2004, you probably remember the loud songs of the cicada emanating from most of the trees on your property. You probably had a cicada or two clinging to your clothes or swatted a few away as they haphazardly flew around. If you have never met a cicada, there’s nothing to worry about. These lumbering creatures are just another wonder of nature to behold.

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    Five Native Plants to Consider Planting

    Native plants play an indispensable role in supporting resilient ecosystems like stabilizing soil, filtering water, cleaning air and supporting wildlife. Once they are established, they require less watering and need no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to thrive. Here are five native wildflower and shrub options we recommend you plant to help with pollination and the sustainability of our ecosystem.

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  • Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures with These Six Nature Apps

    When it comes to spending time outside usually the best app is NO app. However, some apps can enhance your outdoor adventures. Here are six easy-to-use apps that will help you locate nearby trails, identify the plants and animals in your backyard or in our nature preserves, track invasives and share your observations with scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

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  • Water Friendly Lawn Care Tips

    Nitrogen pollution impacts the health of our bays and drinking water source. The #2 source of nitrogen pollution is fertilizers (#1 is septic systems.) In an effort to protect the water that sustains us, we offer some healthy lawn care tips.

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