Long Pond

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

September 2022


LIPA Board Meeting, Wednesday, September 28th

11:00 a.m.

333 Earle Ovington Blvd., 4th Floor, Uniondale

Dear Sandra,

As you may be aware, LIPA and PSEG are proposing a new underground transmission line between Bridgehampton and East Hampton that would involve deep horizontal directional drilling through the rare and delicate coastal plain ponds system of the Long Pond Greenbelt. Spectacular for its wealth of rare plants, animals and ecological communities, the Greenbelt has been designated a Critical Environmental Area by both Southampton Town and Suffolk County. And as one of the most ecologically significant areas in all of New York State, the Nature Conservancy ranks the Long Pond Greenbelt among TNC’s “Last Great Places” of Long Island.  


Beginning in the 1970s, for close to half a century, Southampton Town, Suffolk County, and The Nature Conservancy have preserved more than 800 acres of this diverse six-mile-long corridor of coastal plain ponds, wetlands, fields, forests and freshwater swamps, representing one of Southampton Town's longest-running conservation achievements. 


At the PSEG public hearing in June, public sentiment was overwhelmingly in favor of redirecting the route of the proposed new transmission line away from the Long Pond Greenbelt. 


  • Now it’s LIPA’s governing body, the LIPA Board of Trustees, who needs to hear that message loud and clear. 
  • PSEG has presented an alternative route, option #3, that doesn’t threaten the Long Pond Greenbelt. 
  • To ensure the continued protection of this rare ecosystem, the alternative route must be taken. 
  • Help make our voices heard during the public comment section at the next LIPA board meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Please consider writing a letter, participating via Zoom, or attending the meeting at LIPA offices in Uniondale. 
  • And . . . don’t forget to sign our online petition here 


To submit a written comment or participate via a virtual link, please review this document for LIPA guidelines for public participation. If you would like to see a selection of letters already written by concerned citizens and local environmental organizations about the continued protection of the Long Pond Greenbelt, click here


If you are able to attend the rally or address the board via Zoom on the 28th, we ask that you let us know by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/gMjW7EgH3i4hYxQ76  

Now is the critical moment to make all our voices heard! 

2022 Sundays at Two Lecture Series Continues

Bees' Needs: Protect Our Local Honeybees, 

with Mary Woltz

Sunday, September 18th, 2:00 p.m.

Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center

1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike

It’s in the news every year – our honey bee populations are in danger. Ever wonder what you

can do to support your local honey bees? Join us on Sunday, September 18th, to find out when local beekeeper Mary Woltz of Bees’ Needs will discuss the life cycle of honey bees and the challenges they face causing their declining populations. Most importantly, Mary will

review how we as homeowners can support our local honey bee population by understanding the bees’ needs, whether we are beekeepers or not.

Mary Woltz is the founder, owner and operator of Bees’

Needs. Mary’s introduction to honey bees occurred in

2002 while working at the Pfeiffer Center, a research and

training center in biodynamic agriculture in Chestnut

Ridge, New York. In 2003 Mary moved to rural Eastern

Long Island, NY where she managed the apiary of the

Hamptons Honey Company at the invitation of co-owner

Frederic Rambaud, a former student at the Pfeiffer

Center. There she assumed responsibility for 100 bee

colonies scattered over the North and South Forks. As the

company grew, it deemphasized bee management and

honey production in favor of honey distribution from

outside sources. This prompted Mary in 2007 to begin

Bees’ Needs, a smaller company with a bee-centric

mission. “I sell honey to support my bee habit,” states

Mary, who will only provide honey produced by her bees,

known here as “the girls.” The new venture was not

entirely unfamiliar as the bees she had cared for four

years were now hers.

Sundays at Two are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

Photos from FLPG's 25th Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, August 19th, FLPG members along with local politicians, including NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, and Southampton Town Trustee Ann Welker, celebrated FLPG's 25th anniversary at world-renowned artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp's sculpture garden and studio in Sagaponack. Guests enjoyed wines donated by Wölffer Estate Vineyard, hors d'oeuvres by Janet O'Brien Caterers, and music by Marcello Pimenta. A special thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success, including Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Geralyne Lewandoski, Roman Roth, Janet O'Brien, Robert Katz, and the FLPG Board, especially Meghan Moore Katz who organized and coordinated the entire event.

Cheers to 25 years!

Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Geralyne Lewandoski

Thank you to our hosts Hans Van de Bovenkamp and Geralyne Lewandoski

Upcoming Events in September

Important: to register, please email greenbeltnews@aol.com or call (as noted in event detail). Dress appropriately for ticks.

Saturday, September 3 – Adopt a Patch Work Session, 10:00 a.m. Join us as we all work on cutting down any invasives growing in our assigned Patch. Don’t have a Patch yet - one can be assigned to you! Meet at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Please bring gloves and dress against ticks. All ages and skills are welcome! For more information or to confirm attendance, contact Greg Bellafiore at 631-283-1200.

Saturday, September 10 – Full Harvest Moon Hike, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by FLPG and SOFO. Join us on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. This full moon gets its name from the abundance of moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers harvesting their summer-grown crops. Meet at the SOFO parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Monday, September 12 – FLPG Monthly Meeting, 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. Zoom:



Saturday, September 17 – Old Farm Road Cleanup, 8:00 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 at 631-553-1393.

Saturday, September 17 – Tree ID Trail Walk with Arborist Jackson Dodds, 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Join us for a leisurely-paced, three-mile walk along the William Sickles Tree ID Trail with views of Crooked Pond, Deer Drink, and Long Pond. Meet at the LPG Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike. For more information, contact Dai Dayton at 631-745-0689.

Sunday, September 18 Sundays at Two Lecture Series, Bees' Needs: Protect Our Local Honeybees, with Mary Woltz, 2:00 p.m. LPG Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike. Details at left.

Thursday, September 22 - Fall Equinox Sunrise Stroll, 6:30 a.m. Join us for a leisurely stroll through Vineyard Field with coffee and muffinsMeet at the SOFO parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Wednesday, September 28 - LIPA Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 a.m. Please attend to voice opposition to PSEG's proposed plan to drill through the Long Pond Greenbelt. LIPA, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd, 4th Floor, Uniondale. 

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