The Peconic Land Trust is proud to sponsor Plein Air Peconic and the Traveling Exhibitions of Plein Air Peconic—a dedicated group of plein air painters and landscape photographers who showcase Peconic Land Trust conserved landscapes throughout the East End of Long Island.

Since 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has worked to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. To date, the Peconic Land Trust’s work with landowners, communities and municipalities has resulted in the conservation of over 9,000 acres of land, including more than 5,000 acres of farmland, miles of hiking trails, and over 3,000 acres of preserves and natural land that provide protection and sustainability for watersheds, ocean fronts, wildlife habitats, and scenic vistas.

The Peconic Land Trust, a nonprofit organization, raises funds for operating and conservation projects primarily through donations from the public.* The paintings and photographs presented at Plein Air Peconic III at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor and the Traveling Exhibition at The South Street Gallery in Greenport were created in the spring and summer of 2008. The artists secured access through the Trust to many conserved landscapes, including: Reel Point, Quail Hill Farm, Charnews farm, Quogue Preserve, Dam Pond, Dune Beach, Tramaridge Estuary, Blair Preserve at Sag Pond and Berglund Marshes, to mention a few.

The artists and galleries participating in Plein Air Peconic events donate a portion of the sales from their work on display to the Peconic Land Trust. Equally important is the public and private attention brought upon the Peconic Land Trust’s conservation efforts and its accomplishments by the informative receptions, the art shows and the artists themselves as volunteer field ambassadors for land conservation in general and the Trust in particular. We look forward to continuing our association with these dedicated artists in order to help the Peconic Land Trust and others keep the East End the magnificent place it is today.

For more information about the Peconic Land Trust please call 631.283.3195 or visit our website,

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*A common misconception is that the Peconic Land Trust is the recipient of the funds raised by the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund (2% Real Estate Transfer Tax). However, the funds raised by the 2% tax are collected by Suffolk County and redistributed to the appropriate East End town (Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island and Southold) in which the property taxed was purchased. The Trust is not the recipient of those funds.

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