Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

March 2024

FLPG Remembers a Friend of the Greenbelt

We are sad to report that Tony Garro, a long time Friend of the Greenbelt passed away last month. (Click here for the Sag Harbor Express obit.) Upon hearing about his passing, we received the following remembrance from another Friend, Bob Wolfram:

Just read about Tony Garro's passing... he was a fun guy and will be missed. Wanted to share this picture of him on the day he found that broken piece of headstone. The story we learned is that a long time ago surveyors (like Archibald) would use the broken headstone pieces as property boundary markers; he found it on one of the hikes in LPG.

Happy Trails,


Resilient Long Island Symposium

Join us on March 8th at Resilient Long Island. The symposium will consist of expert presentations and talks on native plants, restoration, invasive species, and conservation! For more information click here.


Vineyard Field, Bridgehampton

Monday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.


Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and SOFO (South Fork Natural History Museum) to enjoy this year’s dramatic solar eclipse, offering close to 90% coverage at its deepest point here on the East End.


Bring your own folding chair or blanket and water. Registration required: $5 per person entry fee, with one pair of eclipse viewing glasses included in the fee.


Don’t miss this rare event. There won’t be another solar eclipse visible from Long Island until 2079!


Please click here to register.

DEC Continues Controlled Fires in Southampton

On February 8th, Forest Rangers Gagne, Gallagher, and Scott joined DEC Division of Lands and Forests staff and volunteers and staff from Brookhaven National Lab and the Central Pine Barrens Commission to conduct a prescribed fire in the David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens State Forest. Firefighters completed a successful burn of 67 burn piles. These controlled burns make the forest more resilient to the invasive southern pine beetle and help reduce fuel loads to better prevent wildfires that could impact nearby communities. 

Don’t Forget to Turn Off Non-Essential Lights for Earth Hour on March 23

This year’s Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 8:30PM. People around the world are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to nature and the planet. Participants can also watch Earth Hour video available on the Earth Hour website at that time and share on their social media. Organizers hope widespread participation will spotlight worldwide interest in combatting climate change. For more information about how to participate in this year’s event, visit  

Join us April 12-13 at the Long Island Natural History Conference
This annual event brings together Long Island’s leading naturalists to exchange current information, identifies research and management needs, and encourages collaborations and a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history. To register click here.

Upcoming Events in March

Important: Events are free, registration is suggested. To register, please email or call (or as otherwise noted in event detail). Dress appropriately for ticks.

Thursday - Saturday, March 7-9: Resilient Long Island.

Monday, March 11 – FLPG Monthly Meeting. 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. All are Welcome!


Saturday, March 16 – Old Farm Road Cleanup. 8:00 a.m. Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more information, contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.


Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Hike in the Long Pond GREENbelt. 10 a.m. Meet at the parking lot of Mashashamuet Park in Sag Harbor. May you have warm words for a cold day on this St. Patrick's Day ─ with a blessing and a poem or two in memory of Joe Lane on this easy-paced journey through a portion of the superb Long Pond Greenbelt, including Long Pond, Little Long Pond, and Crooked Pond. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.


Saturday, March 23 – Earth Hour. 8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.


Monday, March 25 – Full Worm Moon Hike. 6:30PM-7:30PM. Co-Sponsored by FLPG and South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO). The full “Worm Moon” was given its name by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. At the time of this spring moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm castings reappear, inviting the return of robins. In some regions, this is also known as the “Sap Moon”, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Join us on this leisurely paced hike through Vineyard Field’s open field trails, and then enjoy some light refreshments and convivial conversation. Meet at the SOFO Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Our 2024 Membership Drive is Underway

Renew Now!

Suggested annual membership donations. More or less is welcome.

1-year Individual:  $ 25.00

1-year Family:       $ 40.00

Individual Lifetime: $250.00

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