News & Events

Herbert J. Simeone Memorial Osprey Nest Platform

In the autumn of 2016, the Town accepted a donation of an osprey nest platform from Barbara Simeone.  The donation was made in memory of her husband Herbert J. Simeone, a wildlife painter whose work was inspired by his love of nature and particular love of the osprey.  In November, the Town worked in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy to erect the platform on the former Hagerstrom property, on Accabonac Harbor.  

osprey pole 2016 (1)
The formerly developed Hagerstrom property was preserved in 2008 using the Community Preservation Fund and restored in 2009 with the help of kids organized by the Group for the East End.  Hopefully, the preserve will become a new home to a pair of ospreys in the springtime.

Kirk Park Boardwalk

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Department of Land Acquisition and Management and the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society (EHTPS) worked together to build boardwalks over a section of Paumanok Path through Kirk Park in Montauk.  This section of trail runs along the southern edge of Fort Pond and floods often.  The newly installed boardwalks will keep hikers’ boots above water when the water level is high.  The volunteer effort of EHTPS and their donation of building material is greatly appreciated by the Town and local trail users.

Kirk Park Boardwalk

Tree Identification Trail

In October 2015, the Department installed a series of Tree ID signs on the loop trail at the Duke and Boys Harbor properties. Fourteen different tree species are identified along the trail and several species are posted more than once.

The Tree ID trail loop is a 1.5-mile walk with some elevation changes and beautiful views of Hands Creek and Three Mile Harbor, providing a wonderful educational opportunity for families. Parking is available in the lot next to the field or roadside.
Tree Identification Marker

Open Space Economic Benefits

Read a 2010 press release from the New York State Comptroller (PDF) about the economic benefits of open spaces.