Catherine Newland via Crowdrise
December 01, 2010
BENEFITING: THE LONG ISLAND PINE BARRENS SOCIETY
Here are the reasons why the L.I. Pine Barrens Society needs your help in "Saving the Pines":
" In November, 1989, when many new developments were proposed in the Central Pine Barrens, the LIPBS, with the support of several dozen civic and environmental organizations, filed suit against the Suffolk County Department of Health and the Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton Town Boards, as well as their Planning Boards and their Zoning Board of Appeals. The suit demanded that the environmental impact of development be ascertained prior to the start of any construction. The LIPBS called this effort the Pine Barrens Preservation Initiative. It was New York State's largest environmental lawsuit involving several billion dollars worth of real estate.
With final build-out of Long Island expected before 2015, there remains less than a decade to preserve whatever open space and farmland Long Island wants to save. The Society and other environmental groups have identified some 25,000 acres of open space and 10,000 acres of farmland in need of protection.
Land not preserved soon will be lost forever to development. In addition to the adverse environmental and quality-of-life implications, failure to preserve this important land would undercut Long Island’s number one industry, tourism, worth $4.3 billion. It would destroy the viability of New York State’s top agriculture-producing county and have devastating impact on taxes needed for government services if this land were developed.
The Society will work with government at all levels to continue Long Island’s historic commitment to land preservation and will support private efforts at preservation."