FIFTH ANNUAL LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE
Plum Island: Biological Linchpin of an Archipelago
Louise Harrison, New York Outreach Coordinator,
Plum Island Campaign, Save the Sound
This presentation will include a short film, "Conservation on a Small Island," featuring actor Sam Waterston and numerous members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, and a "Virtual Tour" of Plum Island via Powerpoint, Louise will provide an update on the campaign to save Plum Island from sale by the federal government to the highest bidder. Louise also will highlight discoveries made by the New York Natural Heritage Program in 2015, during their four-season biodiversity inventory of the island.
Louise Harrison is a conservation biologist who has served on Long Island in federal, state, and county agencies as well as in leadership and consulting positions for not-for-profit environmental organizations. She has led task forces and community coalitions in protecting open space. She worked in Stamford, CT, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service liaison to the Long Island Sound Study, where she concentrated on stewardship of Long Island Sound’s ecosystems, habitat restoration projects, and invasive species control. She has extensive field experience working in Long Island’s coastal communities and natural ecosystems, from the boroughs of New York City to Montauk and Orient Points and has received numerous awards for open space preservation efforts. Her work at Save the Sound is solely toward Plum Island conservation.