Last week, the Southampton Town Board voted to purchase and preserve a two-acre parcel on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike that will adjoin the 39-acre Vineyard Field in the Long Pond Greenbelt.
The parcel will be incorporated into the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s ongoing Vineyard Field Grassland Restoration program.
According to a press release issued shortly after the town voted to acquire and preserve the parcel on January 11, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt called the purchase “especially significant due to the 2011 year-end purchase of a four-acre parcel on Round Pond, which marked the first land preservation purchase in the Long Pond Greenbelt in several years.”
“In just three months, the preserved land in the Greenbelt has increased by six acres,” said the Friends in its release.
Located at 365 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, the property is part of the Long Pond Greenbelt target area and is considered a priority site for park, recreation, open space, and preservation purposes, according to Ryan Horn, a citizen advocate employed with Southampton Town.
Horn added the area is designated as a priority because of its collection of coastal plain ponds and the fact it is home to several vulnerable species of plant and animal life.
The purchase will cost the town $450,000, which will be paid for by its Community Preservation Fund, a collection of a two-percent real estate transfer tax used for preservation purposes across the East End.
“Grasslands are one of the most threatened natural habitats, disappearing at alarming rates here and all across the country,” said Dai Dayton, President of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. “We’re thrilled that, with this purchase, the Vineyard Field Grassland Restoration area will be enlarged and another piece of the Greenbelt preserved for future generations.”