Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

June 2023

Sundays at Two

Living on the Edge in the Face of Climate Change:

An Overview of Coastal

Processes, Interventions and Adaptations

with Kevin McAllister of DefendH2O

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center

1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike

Please join us on Sunday, June 11, for a presentation by Kevin McAllister, President and Founder of DefendH 2 O, a local non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring the

environmental quality of ground water, surface waters, wetlands and beaches on and around Long Island.

Natural shorelines, particularly ocean beaches are dynamic transitional zones, which are regularly being altered by the forces of nature—wind, waves and currents. Beyond the obvious ecological importance to diverse array of marine and avian species, naturally functioning

shorelines are critical buffers against the damaging effects of storm surge on coastal development. With sea level rise accelerating in response to climate change, the urgency to

protect, restore and effectively manage transitional zones for ecological benefits and recreational use is more critical than ever.

Kevin McAllister’s training and professional experience in coastal zone management (CZM) is substantive and diverse. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in coastal zone management where the focus of study was dune management on a developed coastline. Kevin’s professional experience with coastal resources protection spans three decades and is exemplified by his

work in South Florida implementing major beach/dune restoration projects. Kevin’s current role

is a public advocate for clean water and coastal sustainability.

Please RSVP by emailing: All Sunday at Two events are free and open to the public.

Local Stakeholders Collaborate to Re-Install Trailhead Barriers to Protect Long Pond Greenbelt Trails

The Long Pond Greenbelt was the recipient of an amazing collaboration between Southampton Town Parks and Recreation, Southampton Town Trustees, Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund Department, The Nature Conservancy, Dawgpatch Bandits and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt along with help from Jackson Dodds & Company, Inc. to reinstall the barriers taken down by bicyclists and motorized vehicles illegally riding in the Long Pond Greenbelt. Along with these barriers, Southampton Town police will be monitoring the trails to stop the damage caused by this illegal use. The Long Pond Greenbelt is a unique Nature Preserve featuring coastal plain ponds, freshwater swamps, wetlands, and woodlands. Spectacular for its wealth of rare plants, animals, and ecological communities, the Greenbelt is widely recognized as one of the most ecologically significant areas in New York State.

4th Grade Forest Retreat

What a day! Not only was it perfect hiking weather, the eighty fourth-graders and their teachers from Sag Harbor Elementary School report it was their favorite field trip of the year. Trail hiking, pond exploration, tree identification, carnivorous plants discussion, even time to enjoy lunch together and make some sketches to take home. FLPG’s first Forest Retreat was a huge success! Special thanks to Jeff Reed, Jackson Dodds, Dai Dayton, Matt Kaelin and Kelly Dodds for taking the time to bring this dream to life. School Principal Matt Malone gave it the go-ahead to become an annual event. We couldn’t be happier! We believe introducing them to the beauty of the Long Pond Greenbelt will help foster a sense of stewardship in our future community leaders.

Photos from Sundays at Two with Mike Bottini on the Long Island Terrestrial Mammal Survey

Thank you to Mike Bottini, our May Sundays at Two lecturer who shared with us details of Seatuck Environmental Association's Long Island Terrestrial Mammal Survey. To learn about the survey and how you can participate, visit:

Upcoming Events in June

Important: Events are free but registration is required. To register, please email or call (or as otherwise noted in event detail). Dress appropriately for ticks.

Saturday, June 3, Adopt a Patch Work Session, 10 a.m. Join us as we all work on cutting down any invasives growing in our assigned patch in Vineyard Field. Don't have a Patch yet - one can be assigned to you! Meet at the SOFO parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 feet north of the RR tracks. Please bring gloves and dress against ticks. All ages and skills are welcome! For more info or to confirm attendance, contact Greg Bellafiore at 631-283-1200.

Saturday, June 3, Full Strawberry Moon Hike, 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. June's Full Moon is named after the wild strawberries that ripen this month and could be gathered by the Native American tribes. Join us for a leisurely-paced walk through open fields. Meet at SOFO's parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 feet north of the RR tracks.

Saturday, June 10, Dragonfly Day Celebration. Meet at SOFO's parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 feet north of the RR tracks. See details above.

Sunday, June 11, Sundays At Two with Kevin McAllister, 2 p.m. LPG Nature Center 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. (See details above.)

Monday, June 12, FLPG Monthly meeting, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Saturday, June 17, Old Farm Road cleanup, 8 a.m. Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Road, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more information, contact Peter Wilson: 631-553-1393. 

Our 2023 Membership Drive is Underway

It's Time to Renew!

Suggested annual membership donations. More or less is welcome.
1-year Individual:  $ 25.00
1-year Family:       $ 40.00
Individual Lifetime: $250.00

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