In 2007, the Long Island Pine Barrens
Society completed a six-month study of Long Island's land
preservation efforts and found that Long Islanders have put up
nearly $1.2 billion to preserve close to 60,000 acres of open space
and farmland. The study celebrated this achievement and described
the challenge of saving open space and farmland in a region where
land prices are high and government programs are fragmented.
Entitled "On Course for Failure: A
Call to Action on Land Preservation," the report offered an
island-wide strategy and made specific recommendations for
accelerating the purchase of open space and development rights on
farmland. It concluded that absent a dramatic increase in the rate
of land preservation, Long Island will fail to secure the necessary
25,000 acres of open space and 10,000 acres of farmland before final
build-out in 2015.
One year later, a follow-up report to
the 2007 White Paper said government was preserving only half of the
needed land and warned of dire economic and environmental
consequences if the pace is not accelerated.
Entitled, "Still On Course for
Failure: A Renewed Call to Action on Land Preservation," the report
said that few of the 2007 Reportís recommendations for increased
preservation had been implemented and called for an analysis of the
economic and environmental consequences to the Long Island region if
the preservation goal is not met.
Then, in 2008, the economic downturn
changed the fate of many Long Island issues and industries,
including land preservation.
the Society released its second annual White Paper Update entitled,
"Buying Time: A Second Chance to Save Open Space and Farms."
It was followed a year later with the third update:
"Preservation Crashes: Considering
On April 24th, 2012, the Society released its
fifth annual White Paper Update:
PROGRESS: Land Acquisition Inadequate to Reach Goal
The study reports that state, county
and town land preservation programs have failed to meet targeted
goals for the fifth year in a row. The report also calls
on environmental and civic leaders Island-wide to demand that town,
county and state elected officials re-double their efforts to save
what little open space and farmland remains before final buildout-
now extended to the year 2020-is reached. Land not saved today,
cannot be saved tomorrow.
the 2011 White Paper update,
To read the 2010 White Paper update,
To read the 2009 White Paper update,
To read the 2008 White Paper update,
To read the original 2007 White
Paper report, click here.
POLL SHOWS LONG
ISLANDERS STRONGLY SUPPORT LAND PRESERVATION DESPITE RECESSION
poll showed 79 percent of Long Islanders strongly support continued
or expanded land purchases despite their economic concerns. They
say that protecting drinking water, open space and farms is
important to Long Islandís quality-of-life for our children and
grandchildren. Also, funding for land preservation cannot be used
for any other purpose and is so small that it wouldnít help the
the complete poll analysis,