Plum Island has not only played host to a federally run animal disease research lab, the goings on of which have been well guarded since the mid-1950s.
Its largely undisturbed natural landscape has been a mystery for an even longer period of time, with access to the island limited. But an upcoming presentation from The Nature Conservancy and state Department of Environmental Conservation will explain the layout of the ancient land and its flora and fauna and current threats to its biodiversity.
The lecture, “Plum Island’s Natural Resources,” will take place on May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Southold Recreation Center in Peconic. The mission of the research program is to:
Further the work of inventorying important flora and fauna in New York State
To recognize the past and present work of Long Island biologist who have studied Plum Island
To provide the Town of Southold with more information to include Plum Island in its comprehensive plan and zoning code for the first time
To provide state agencies with more information to help further work to protect the natural and cultural resources of the island
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