Fire Island Land Trust


The Fire Island Land Trust was established in 2006 by Fire Island property owners to provide a mechanism for private participation in voluntary land conservation and foster environmental stewardship of the barrier island. We work with landowners, communities, and municipalities to preserve vulnerable areas of Fire Island before they are lost forever to unwise development or environmental threats.


We are dedicated to protect open space and historic places on Fire Island. The Board of Directors recognizes that the Fire Island National Seashore (National Park Service) simply does not have the capacity to act or the budget to protect vulnerable areas of Fire Island. In fact, resource protection is consistently the least funded area for the Park Service. Thus, we aim to fill the gap and ensure that Fire Island and its seventeen communities remain vibrant into the future.

The Fire Island Land Trust believes in a future where private landowners play a substantive role in the stewardship and governance of the environments in which we live, work and play -- working together with public interests to protect and preserve natural resources and scenic beauty, while simultaneously assuring the future of the vibrant coastal communities on Fire Island, New York, for the benefit of future generations.

  • Habitat: Preservation result in a notably positive impact on natural habitat for wildlife
  • Scenic View and Public Access: Preservation provides for scenic views and public access to the beach
  • Maintain Buffer Zones: Preservation increases community resilience to storms and erosion. For example, protecting a dune is a natural way to protect the community behind it. For more on dunes from the Park Service, click here.
  • Health and safety hazard: Preservation results in greater safety for the community
  • Historic Value: Preservation is of a historically significant area or structure to the community at large
  • Community character: Preservation avoids unwise development or other negative precedent that may influence community changes in the area


The Land Trust enables landowners to make sure their wishes for the future of their property will be realized. There are also possible tax benefits for donors from creating a charitable gift or bargain sale of their land. Land gifts may be any one of a wide variety narrowly tailored to the individual needs and desires of the landowner. Click on the links below to find out more about each conservation option:

Contact Fire Island Land Trust

Jansen Hahn
Executive Director
PO Box 250
Sayville, New York  11782
Phone: 6314185214


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • New York

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