Preserve Plum Island - Fighting to preserve 843 acres of wildlife habitat from development

How You Can Help

Why Protect Plum Island?

Parent's CornerLocated less than a mile from Orient Point, the tip of Long Island’s North Fork, lies this 840 acre island.

Most famously, the island houses the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. What is lesser known is that the approximately 90% of Plum Island that is undeveloped not only holds remarkable ecological and scenic sites, it also holds nationally-significant artifacts and historic buildings, including the 1870 Plum Gut Lighthouse and the 1897 Fort Terry army barracks and weapons batteries.

An ecological gem, Plum Island is home to federally threatened and NYS endangered piping plovers, along with approximately 190 other bird species that utilize the island for breeding or migratory purposes. In addition, it is the most significant seal haul-out site in southern New England, playing host to up to several hundred grey and harbor seals each winter. Forty rare and protected plant species round out the treasure trove of ecological abundance that this island possesses.

Now, Plum Island's rich wildlife habitat is in danger of being sold to developers. In 2008, Congress approved sale of the island to a private party, with plans to move the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to another state.

These plans are moving forward and we need your help to halt them!

The U.S. General Services Administration has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Plum Island. This DEIS details the environmental impact a sale would have on the island. Unfortunately, the GSA recommends a sale of the Island within this report, despite the detrimental impact it would have on the island's remarkable wildlife and habitat.

The Preserve Plum Island Coalition strongly believes that Plum Island’s scenic value, ecological resources and historic sites offer tremendous potential for recreation and public education, making it an ideal candidate for permanent preservation such as National Wildlife Refuge designation. For more details on the island's history and remarkable ecological diversity, please be sure to explore this website.

How can you help?

Let your Congressional officials know that you support conservation of this island’s critical wildlife habitats by sending the below message (please feel free to personalize) immediately. You can either send the attached letter via snail mail, or you can copy and paste the sample message below and email (all addresses are listed below.)

Please act quickly. We desperately need your help as we fight to keep Plum Island's ecological and historical riches from being lost forever. Please see the list of emails and link to the letter at the bottom of this page.

The Preserve Plum Island Coalition firmly believes that a Plum Island sale without conservation is not an option. We hope you will agree and take the necessary steps to help protect and preserve this valuable natural asset. Thank you!

Copy, paste and email this message:

As a concerned citizen, I appreciate your ongoing efforts to restore Long Island Sound and protect its national treasures. Today, I am urging you to include protection of Plum Island’s diverse habitats in these efforts. The substantial and remarkable resources found on this vastly undeveloped island are currently at risk by the General Services Administration (GSA) auction process!

A unique wildlife haven, Plum Island is the largest haul-out site for wintering seals in the northeast, as well as breeding grounds for bank swallows (a bird species in decline in New York), ospreys and federally threatened piping plovers. Plum Island is also a vital feeding area for federally endangered roseate terns. An Audubon designated “Important Bird Area”, approximately 190 species of birds have been documented nesting or using the island as a critical migratory stopover site. It also hosts approximately 40 rare and protected plant species.

In addition to these natural resources, the island also holds nationally significant artifacts and historic buildings, including the 1870 Plum Gut Lighthouse and the 1897 Fort Terry army barracks and weapons batteries.

Plum Island’s scenic value, ecological resources and historic sites offer tremendous potential for recreation and public education, and make it an ideal candidate for permanent preservation.

I am urging you do everything in your power to ensure that the important these resources are protected, including potentially creating The Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge. Your ongoing efforts to protect and restore Long Island Sound have been very much appreciated. Please include the protection of Plum Island in these efforts.

Name

Address

Email Addresses

Honorable Charles Schumer
http://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand
http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/

Honorable Richard Blumenthal
https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/

Honorable Chris Murphy
http://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact

Honorable Lee Zeldin
https://zeldin.house.gov/contact

Honorable Steven Israel
http://israel.house.gov/contact/email-me

Honorable Peter King
http://peteking.house.gov/email.shtml

Honorable Rosa DeLauro
https://forms.house.gov/delauro/webforms/contact_form_email.shtml

Honorable Joe Courtney
https://courtney.house.gov/email-joe1

To mail a hard copy of the letter:

Honorable Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator - New York
145 Pinelawn Road, Suite 300
Melville, NY 11747

Honorable Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator - Connecticut
One Constitution Plaza, 7th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Honorable Lee Zeldin
Congressman, 1st District - NY
31 Oak Street, Suite 20
Patchogue, NY 11772

Honorable Peter King
Congressman, 3rd District - NY
1003 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Honorable Joe Courtney
Congressman, 2nd District - CT
55 Main Street, Suite 250
Norwich, CT 06360

Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator - New York
155 Pinelawn Road, Suite 250
Melville, NY 11747

Honorable Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator - Connecticut
90 State House Square, 10th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Honorable Steven Israel
Congressman, 2nd District - NY
150 Motor Parkway, Suite 108
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Congresswoman, 3rd District - CT
59 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Preserve Plum Island Coalition - PO Box 735 - Huntington, NY 11743 -