The foundation has preserved over 500 acres of land and planted 250 trees
The Post-Morrow Foundation Inc. was in the vanguard 50 years ago purchasing land parcels for preservation — 300 acres outright, 500 acres total in partnership with others — as a climate change hedge. But there are other actions this nonprofit engages in, like protecting the Beaver Dam Creek and its wetlands from the bay to the bridge.
“It’s about a mile,” said Post-Morrow vice president Tom Williams, crouching next to a creek area. “The marshes, which are an incredible source of marine life, provide a buffer against sea-level rise. It’s a form of retreat. If there’s no way for wetlands to move inland, we don’t have protection.”
A dozen trails have been established by Post-Morrow, four miles in the hamlet itself. The area is smack next to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,550-acre property maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, a sanctuary of woods, marsh and wildlife bisected by the Carmans River.
Williams is also chairman of Brookhaven Town’s Open Space and Farmland Protection Committee. “We’ve been trying to remove structures along the wetlands in Mastic damaged by [Superstorm] Sandy, about five miles from Smith Point to the Forge River,” Williams said. “Some are willing to sell so that the wetlands can be restored.”
How does Post-Morrow abate global warming?
Besides the trees on the preserved properties, “we have developed three meadow projects at Edgar Avenue, Burnett Lane and Long Meadow Farm that also help absorb carbon,” Williams said. So do wetland plants, by incorporating carbon in their tissues, then accumulating and storing carbon within the soil via leaf matter and plant debris. Post-Morrow also teamed up with Brookhaven Village Association efforts and planted 250 trees throughout the hamlet.
Plans for the future
“We want to continue to improve the wetlands,” he said. Working with the county on a wetlands restoration project on the west side of Beaver Dam Creek is on their current radar.
How can I help?
Plant a tree and recycle, use less wasteful materials and products, Williams said. Also, contribute to the Post-Morrow Foundation (www.postmorrow.org) so they can continue their maintenance of trails and preservation work on land and wetlands.