Southold preserve to be named for Stoutenburgh

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Paul Stoutenburgh, left, with his wife Barbara, being interviewed in their Cutchogue home in 2011.

In recognition of a lifelong commitment to environmental causes, the 120-acre Arshamomaque Pond Preserve in Southold will officially become the Paul Stoutenburgh Preserve on Thursday, June 13.

Mr. Stoutenburgh dedicated much of his life fighting to prevent development of the type that has taken over much of Long Island.

“People here can enjoy the natural world around us because of Mr. Stoutenburgh,” Supervisor Scott Russell said. “This recognition is long overdue.”

Mr. Stoutenburgh and wife, Barbara, were instrumental in getting Southold to adopt its first wetlands code. The Suffolk Times named the couple its “People of the Year” in 2011.

Mr. Stoutenburgh, a Cutchogue resident, wrote the popular weekly column “Focus on Nature” for The Suffolk Times for 50 years. A dedicated public servant, he served three terms as a Southold Town Trustee, including one year as board president, and four years as a town councilman championing environmental causes.

The renaming ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the preserve, located on the north side of Route 25 in Southold, just east of Port of Egypt Marina. The preserve entrance is just before the bridge. Parking is available on the south side of Route 25 along Old Main Road.

In case of rain the ceremony will be held at Southold Town Hall.

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