Goals & Objectives

Management & Stewardship Goals & Objectives

  • In addition to the stated purposes for acquisition listed in the Preservation Goals and Objectives that will guide a parcel's management, we will create a management plan that will ensure specific protections through monitoring and enforcement on each of our preserved properties.
  • Allow public use and enjoyment in a manner that is consistent with the purpose of acquisition, and compatible with the natural, scenic, historic and open space character of such lands.
  • Preserve the native biological diversity of such lands through invasive species removal and/or re-vegetation.
  • With regard to open spaces, limit the improvements to enhance access for passive use through the installation or maintenance of nature trails, boardwalks, bicycle paths, and peripheral parking areas, provided that such improvements do not degrade the ecological value of the land or threaten essential wildlife habitat.
  • Preserve cultural property consistent with accepted standards for historic preservation.

Preservation Goals & Objectives

  • Environmental Quality: The environmental integrity of many ecologically sensitive areas is protected and in some cases improved.
  • Habitat Protection: Rare species of plants and animals, and the ecosystems they inhabit, are defended against degradation.
  • Preservation of Geological Features: The beaches, dunes, bluffs, hoodoos, swales, kettle holes, kames, morainal highlands and outwash plains, which make this area geologically unique will be safeguarded for generations to come.
  • Wetlands Protection: Preserved Town wetland areas serve as a means of flood control, water purification, and breeding and nursery grounds for shellfish, finfish, and other aquatic species.
  • Recreational/Educational Opportunity: Land preserved in its natural state provides an ideal setting for wilderness appreciation, environmental education programs, scientific research, and outdoor recreation of all kinds.
  • Buffers Maintained: Preserved lands form critical protective buffers to roads and developed areas.
  • Watershed/Water Recharge: Open land maintains water quality in East Hampton's sole source aquifer.
  • Historic Preservation: These buildings and grounds possess special historic and aesthetic interest and value as part of the economic and social history of East Hampton.
  • Land for Park Use: These lands offer our residents and visitors recreational and social opportunities.
  • Heritage Preservation: The rural ambiance that has contributed to the Town's economic base and continues to provide economic opportunity to its residents is maintained.