[audubon-news] Audubon New York Celebrates Long Island Sound Victory

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 16:41:26 -0400

Contact: Carole Nemore
& William Cooke


Lauds Leadership of Governor Pataki and KeySpan's Robert Catell

Albany, NY, Thursday, October 25, 2002 -- Acquisition of Audubon New York's
number one land protection project was announced by the State of New York
today in Jamesport, New York.  The 520 acre KeySpan site on the shores of
Long Island Sound will become a future state park, as a result of
collaboration between the KeySpan Corporation and the State of New York.  

"Through Governor Pataki's vision and leadership, and Robert Catell's
corporate stewardship at KeySpan, the greatest land acquisition project in
the history of New York's Long Island Sound conservation program has been
completed," said David J. Miller, Executive Director of Audubon New York.
"The KeySpan Jamesport property will be a magnificent state park benefiting
birds, wildlife and people.  It is truly a crown jewel on the shores of Long
Island Sound for future generations to enjoy."

Audubon New York selected the KeySpan property as its number one 2002 land
protection project priority because it:
        *       Provides for critical bird and wildlife habitat;
        *       Increases public access and education opportunities for the
Long Island Sound; 
        *       It is the largest undeveloped open space project on the
Sound; and
        *       Supports the establishment of the Long Island Sound
Stewardship system being created by both neighboring states.

The KeySpan Jamesport property is known for its diversity of bird species
including herons, egrets and other shore birds as well as waterfowl and
kingfishers on the interior pond.  "This beautiful piece of land will be the
diamond in a necklace of open spaces around the Sound, providing more than a
mile of shoreline access for people and critical habitat for shore birds,"
said Carole Nemore, Audubon New York's Director of Conservation.  "As the
Whitney Land purchase was to the Adirondack Open Space protection, so is the
KeySpan property to the agenda of conserving Long Island Sound."

Audubon New York supports the continuation of farming at the site as well as
recreational activities compatible with the needs of bird and wildlife
habitats.  Audubon New York again thanks Governor George Pataki and the
KeySpan Corporation for their leadership.

Audubon New York is the state program of the National Audubon Society.

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat
that supports them.  Our national network of community-based Audubon nature
centers and chapters, environmental education programs, and advocacy on
behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations engage millions of
people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.
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