Natural Resources

The Town of East Hampton is a 69-square-mile peninsula that is surrounded by 131 miles of coastline. East Hampton is home to 16,530 acres of protected open space and supports one of the highest concentrations of rare and endangered species in New York State. According to The Nature Conservancy, our Town is part of the "Last Great Places" in the Western Hemisphere.

The Natural Resource Department was founded in 1984. Its mission is to preserve, protect and conserve the Town's natural features, resources and systems, both by providing leadership and by providing assistance to other departments, entities and individuals (Town Code § 180-5). Our Department supports enhancing the sustainability and resiliency of our environment to protect our residents, businesses and institutions.

The Department provides leadership and assistance with:
  • Identification and assessment of natural resources.
  • Identification and review of contaminants and harmful actions.
  • Referral of findings.
  • Assistance in enforcement and voluntary corrective actions.
  • Habitat restoration initiatives.
  • Wastewater management.
  • Municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).
  •  Endangered Species management.
  • Distressed and problem wildlife.
  • Education and outreach.
  • Energy efficiency resources.
  • Water Quality Improvements.


The Department is open Monday - Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. Our department is available on the web 24/7. Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

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