Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Announces Expansion of Pipes Cove Nature Preserve
The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council announced today that the Town of Southold has purchased 10.4 acres of property for open space and conservation purposes in Greenport. The parcel is within the Pipes Cove Complex, the largest relatively undisturbed saltmarsh habitat remaining on the North Fork. The acquisition will link existing protected lands that surround the parcel, and is critical to the anticipated Bay to Sound Trail, a hiking trail from the Peconic Estuary to the Long Island Sound. The expansion of Pipes Cove was supported by an award of $389,341 from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council Initiative.
“Preservation of open space alongside economic growth is a prescription for prosperous and sustainable communities,” said Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Co-chairs Stuart Rabinowitz and Kevin Law. “Open space not only protects vital natural habitats and resources; it provides rich educational and recreational opportunities. This acquisition is a great example the Council’s commitment to supporting eco-friendly efforts that enhance the quality of life for Long Islanders.”
“I’m grateful for that the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council recognizes the importance of open space to economically vibrant communities,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Parks and open space provide places for healthy recreation; preserve natural resources; and attract visitors, entrepreneurs and skilled workers.”
The acquisition will result in over 500 acres of protected land within the Pipes Cove Watershed, and will preserve valuable open space, create new opportunities for eco-tourism, including hiking the future Bay to Sound Trail and birding, and protect critical habitat for fisheries – essential to commercial and recreation fishing industries on Long Island. The Town of Southhold committed $160,659 from its Community Preservation Fund to ensure the land would be acquired.
Scott A. Russell, Southold Town Supervisor said, “Thanks to the Pekunka family for affording the Town the opportunity to preserve this important part of the Pipes Cove Watershed for everyone to enjoy.”
Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, the Town of Southold was awarded $389,341 from the Environmental Protection Fund, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. OPRHP made $16 million available in 2011 to assist in the development of parks and recreational facilities to preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures for park, recreation or conservation purposes and for structural assessments or planning for such projects.
To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. For information on how the New New York is working for businesses and Long Island, please visit www.thenewny.com.