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Group for the South Fork

Group for the South Fork's staff of planners, analysts and advocates work to promote and gain public support for environmental protection laws in the eastern Long Island townships of East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island. They have led the nation in progressive land-protection laws, such as the Community Preservation Fund, which collects a 2% fee from real estate sales, with proceeds going to protect local woodlands, wetlands and open spaces.
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P.O. Bpx 569
Bridgehampton , NY 11932
Contact Person: Judy Christrup
Phone: (631) 537-1400, ext. 20
Fax: (631) 537-2201
E-Mail: jchristrup@hamptons.com
Website: http://www.thehamptons.com/group

Detailed Information:
Group for the South Fork is a volunteer-directed, professionally staffed, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization established in 1972. The Group is dedicated to protecting the environment, rural character and quality of life across the South Fork through public advocacy and public education. The Group is the only professionally-staffed, not-for-profit organization dedicated to using public advocacy to protect our region's diverse wetlands, bays and harbors, forests, coastlines, farmlands and historic community character.

The Group derives its support from nearly 3,000 individuals, families, foundations and local businesses. The Group relies on no government funding of any type to operate its programs, so we can serve as an objective watchdog of local and regional governmental decisions that ultimately determine the future protection of the local environment and the quality of life of everyone who enjoys the resources of the South Fork.

The Group's full-time staff of professional planners, ecologists and legal counsel bring more than 50 years of collective land use, education and public advocacy experience to the local community. The Group has an impressive record of convincing local governments to rethink major development proposals; overhaul local zoning codes; adopt new wetlands, open space and farmland preservation laws; and to invest their resources in projects that clean up local waters, conserve our beaches and protect wildlife habitats.

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