Farmland & Open Space Protection

Farmland & Open Space Protection


Farmland and open space continues to be protected through the strong partnerships forged between the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, New York State, Federal Government, non-profits and individual land owners. All combined, the total area of land preserved equals 8,358 acres out of a total of 33,546 acres (not including 2,128 acres of underwater lands), or about 25% of the total area of Southold Town.

Since 1983, the Town has actively funded land preservation projects through bonds and funds generated through the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Act. From 1983 through 2011, Southold Town (through its preservation program and partnerships) has protected over 3,000 acres of open space and farmland. In 2011, a total of 134 acres were protected by Southold Town (five farmland projects totaling 110 acres and one open space project totaling 24 acres), with a total cost of $8.7 million. Also in 2011, the Land Preservation Department applied for and received a Federal farmland award for $1,267,623 and a State open space award for $389,341.

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