Richard Hogan and Carron Sherry have donated a conservation easement along a Shelter Island shoreline bluff to the Peconic Land Trust, the nonprofit preservation group announced Tuesday.
The 4.8-acre easement includes a formal Italian garden and a 100-foot buffer area on Wards Point. It is part of what was a 200-acre estate owned by advertising pioneer Artemas Ward, and later owner by former New York State Governor Hugh Carey. Hogan and Sherry acquired 8.7 acres between 2008 and 2014, according to Peconic Land Trust.
The easement sits atop Shelter Island’s sole source aquifer.
Peconic Land Trust, in consultation with Hogan, Sherry and sustainable landscape consultants, will institute a management plan that includes natural landscaping.
The easement prohibits the use of toxic, non-organic pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers and similar products.
“Rich and Carron have been tremendous supporters of conservation, both here on Long Island and in upstate New York. Their stewardship of this property, and their commitment to both conservation and ecologically sound management practices is a model for private landowners,” said Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey. “We thank Rich and Carron for their generous commitment to conservation and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Hogan has been a member of the Peconic Land Trust’s Board of Directors since 2011.