Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Volunteer Opportunity: Native Garden Maintenance @ The Big Duck
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am

The Peconic Estuary Program has a demonstration rain garden at The Big Duck in Flanders.  This is a garden with native plants only and we do not use any herbicides.  Instead, we weed the garden ourselves and would welcome extra hands to help us with weed removal.

If interested, please e-mail to let us know that you’ll be there.  We will provide gardening gloves and tools, but we recommend wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty, and please bring water and sun protection.

The rain date for this event will be November 21st at the same time (10 a.m.)

Volunteer Opportunity: Rain Garden Maintenance @ Peconic Riverfront Garden
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am

The Peconic Estuary Program is looking for extra help with our rain garden in Riverhead.  We will be laying down gravel stones to prevent weeds from growing around our native plants, and would welcome extra hands!

If interested, please arrive at the Riverfront Park by 10 a.m. We recommend that you wear clothes and shoes that would be appropriate for gardening.  If you happen to have a wheelbarrow that you wouldn’t mind bringing, please let us know! E-mail to tell us you’ll be there or for any other questions you may have.

Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Workshop @ Hallock State Park Preserve
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:15 pm

Long Island Sound Study is having a Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Work Group meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Hallock State Park Preserve in Riverhead, NY that will focus on beach/dune erosion issues and living shoreline work.


10:00 AM             Welcome, Introductions, & Announcements

  1. O’Neill / H. Yamalis / D. Kozak

10:15 AM             History and Management of Hallock State Park Preserve

Sue Wuehler, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historical Preservation  

Presentation on the history and natural resource management of one of our newest State

parks and LISS Stewardship Sites

10:45AM              Beaches & Dunes: A Hazard Guide for Coastal Property Owners

Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant

A discussion of erosion control options for coastal property homeowners

11:15 AM             NYS Living Shoreline Guidance Document

Dawn McReynolds, NYSDEC

An overview of the newly released document

11:45 PM              Ribbed Mussel Cultivation for Living Shorelines

Barry Udelson, Cornel Cooperative Extension

Presentation on the efforts to grow ribbed mussels for use in living shoreline projects

12:05 PM              Living shoreline design and implementation on Long Island

Chris Pickerell/Stephen Schott, Cornell Cooperative Extension

An overview of the ongoing living shoreline projects at Shinnecock Reservation in

Southampton and Widow’s Hole Preserve in Greenport

12:30 PM              Lunch:  Please plan on bringing your own lunch.

1:00PM                Tour of Hallock State Park Preserve

Kevin Kelly, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historical Preservation  

 2:15 PM                Adjourn

Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting @ East Hampton Town Community Building
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Peconic Estuary Program’s  Citizen’s Advisory Committee and special guest, Ryan Wallace, for a discussion about harmful algal blooms and how they can affect our health.

Ryan Wallace is a PhD student of Dr. Chris Gobler at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.

NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program
Dec 8 all-day

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, are pleased to announce the third round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program. The program is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP. The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a $500,000 capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

The program is designed to:

  • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is open to organizations whose primary mission is the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a specific New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of OPRHP or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). More on eligibility requirements here.

All final applications must be submitted by December 8, 2017. Award decisions are expected to be announced March 2018. For more information click here.



PEP Management Committee Meeting @ Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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