How the Pandemic shifted my Perspective on Environmental Activism

The year 2020 has been an unpleasant learning experience for us all. The onset of a lethal pandemic made the world witness situations that are only dystopian-fiction material. The fact that we are living through these troubled times is still difficult to comprehend. A pandemic is one of those things that you read about in…

A Brief History of Public Lands

Recently, the topic of public lands seems inescapable. But what are public lands exactly? Reductively speaking, public lands are lands used by the public but are owned and managed by the government. Examples are national parks, national forests, state parks, conservation areas, and various other designations. In New York, there are a multitude of federal…

The Importance of an Autumn Walk….

“The seasons and all their changes are in me”, a quote by Henry David Thoreau captures how humans have an innate connection with nature. Our survival once relied on understanding the change of the seasons, but now we commercialize it like focusing on Fall fashion trends, what landscape will make the best Instagram post, what…

My outlook on the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are the seventeen goals set for the world by the United Nations during 2015 (learn more about them here!). They represent guidelines for the steps that humanity must take collectively, by the target year 2030, to live sustainably.  To live sustainably is to live in a manner…

The Deer and Their Special Messages

I’ve always loved being out in nature for as long as I can remember, but something that I’ve come to learn about quite recently is my very own spirit animal: the deer. Now, this might sound crazy to some, but I believe that everyone has their own spirit animal, a special and unique kind of…

A Freshman’s take on The Ashley Schiff Preserve

Unfortunately for tree huggers such as myself, Long Island isn’t known for its wilderness- it’s known for being the home of modern suburbs. I’ve lived here all my life and constantly struggled to find areas untouched by development to disconnect in peace and silence to. The only place I’d go was to a small set…

Ashley Schiff Preserve Day 2020 – Letter from the President

A year ago today, in celebration of 50 Year Forever Wild, Councilwoman Valerie Cartwright designated October 4 as Ashley Schiff Preserve Day in the Town of Brookhaven. Thank you, Valerie! In recognition of the importance of parks, preserves and open spaces, Kara Hahn and Kirstin Gillibrand helped us celebrate. In the span of 12 short months, we’ve been beset by…

Let’s Prove Thanos Wrong

“the universe is finite. its resources, finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction” – Thanos In the end of the famous Marvel series movie, Avengers: Endgame, there’s a scene about the whales coming back to the Hudson River after having 50% of the world population ‘disappeared’ by Thanos….

Letter from the President

I spent January 1st 2020 outdoors, riding my horse friend Lefty over the trails of Connetquot River State Park. The air chilled both of us, but Lefty loves to explore. His ear swivel with the abundant deer and stealthy foxes. When I was a child, I thought that winter woodlands were a dead place. But…