1970s: Protecting Natural Habitat and Farmland
The Group builds a strong coalition of citizen advocates and persuades Suffolk County to preserve fragile habitat parcels, such as the Long Pond Greenbelt, and more than 5,000 acres of farmland through a new Farmland Preservation Program.
1980s: Preserving Clean Drinking Water
The Group introduces new drinking water protection tools to the East End so that development can be clustered away from sensitive ecosystems, and groundwater recharge areas can be preserved for future generations.
1990s: Stopping Overdevelopment
The Group leads a public campaign to pass the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act and the Community Preservation Fund Act, which together keep more than 60,000 acres of critical groundwater recharge lands from being developed.
2000s: Inspiring People to Embrace a Conservation Ethic
The Group expands its public education programs for adults and children, and joins with community groups to push for more energy-efficient building codes, better environmental reviews, and increased citizen participation.