“These recent acquisitions are extremely important—not only because of the environmental aspects of each parcel, but also because they extend and expand the mid-Island sanctuary area, which includes Middle Farms, Treasure, Beach, Island and Perch Ponds and, of course, the well field for the island’s water supply,” said Bob Miller, head of the Museum’s Land Trust.
In September 2020, Charles Haver and Stewart R. Skolnick deeded a 1.54-acre parcel adjacent to Perch Pond, which is the small pond just across the main road from Island Pond (a.k.a. the Oyster Pond). The parcel contains a meadow that will be maintained as such. In December 2020, Anne J. Borland deeded an adjoining 2.38-acre parcel also across the road from Island Pond.
In July 2020, final agreement was reached with the Town of Southold for an exclusive license for the Land Trust to manage a 5.35-acre parcel, which the Museum was instrumental in having the Town acquire for open space. This parcel has frontage on and expands protection around Middle Farms Pond.
Prior to these acquisitions, the three parcels were defined as buildable lots by FIDCO from the original Olmsted Plan. The parcels are now subject to the Museum’s standard covenants to ensure that they will be held in their natural state in perpetuity.