Members of the Peconic Land Trust and Sylvester Manor. (Courtesy Photo)
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the Peconic Land Trust have announced the preservation of an additional 57.1 acres on Shelter Island. The preservation was made possible through the sale of development rights to Suffolk County and the Town of Shelter Island and will increase the number of acres conserved by Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island to more than 105 acres.
Sylvester Manor already had 22 acres of waterfront habitat and woodland preserved through a conservation easement donated to the Peconic Land Trust in 2009. In August, Sylvester Manor secured the sale of development rights on 26 adjacent acres and and with the recent acquisition of an addition 57.1 acres, over 105 acres of Sylvester Manor property have been protected.
"Protecting a second parcel of the historic Sylvester Manor property is a remarkable achievement, both for the local and county governments and for the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. We now have a significant landholding preserved for future generations, and with it a crucial foundation for the Educational Farm and its mission. So many people contributed to making this effort a success, and I am both indebted to them and proud of the community that supported it," said Eben Fiske Ostby, Sylvester Manor owner and 10th-generation proprietor.
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