Jewel of the Peconic
Mashomack Preserve is a natural area of nearly 2,100 acres which encompasses diverse habitats necessary for the survival of many species of plants and animals. Only 90 miles from New York City and comprising one third of Shelter Island, the Preserve was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in January of 1980. Mashomack was purchased to stop development of this nearly pristine peninsula and to protect one of the most dense populations of breeding ospreys on the east coast. In addition, Mashomack occasionally harbors nesting populations of the endangered piping plover and least tern, as well as a number of rare plants.
Edged in white by 10 miles of coastline, Mashomack is an area of magnificent scenic beauty. Its combination of interlacing tidal creeks, woodlands, fields and coastline makes it a superb wildlife habitat. The extensive salt marshes of Mashomack are vitally significant ecologically, being the breeding ground and nursery for the smallest links in the marine chain of life.
The Pine Swamp complex at the western edge of the Preserve has been desiginated a freshwater wetland of unique local importance” by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Fourteen hundred acres of upland oak and beech forest are now being allowed to develop into an old-growth forest, a habitat scarce in the Northeast. Open, grassy meadows provide another contrasting habitat.
All these areas are protected and managed to provide a safe haven for all native species.
We invite you to visit and explore Mashomack and to experience its unique beauty. In order to protect its delicate resources, we ask you to abide by the following rules:
* Only Hiking Allowed
* Remain On Marked Trails
* No Collecting Allowed
* No Pets Allowed
* Everything Carried In Must Be Carried Out
* Check Yourself Periodically For
Mashomack Preserve is proud to be an integral part of this preeminent international nonprofit conservation organization.
Traveling to Mashomack
Take your best route to Shelter Island. When disembarking from the Greenport/North Ferry, follow Route 114 three miles south to the Preserve. If you come by way of the North Haven/South Ferry, follow Route 114 one mile north to the Preserve. The entrance is marked by a large wooden sign on the east side of Route 114.
In January, the Preserve is open only on weekends. For year-round hours of operation, please visit the Mashomack web-site: http://www.nature.org/Mashomack
The Harman Hawkins Visitor Center provides interpretive exhibits, information and a small selection of nature gifts.
Mashomack also offers nature programs and guided hikes
the year. Call the Preserve office for information and reservations.
P.O. Box 850
(631) 749-1001 • Fax (631) 749-1480
shelter-island.org is maintained by Shillingburg & Associates