Preserving Plum Island

Will we ever get another chance to save an 840-acre island in Long Island Sound? An island that’s a haven for wildlife, at the joining of two nationally significant estuaries, and part of a chain of islands so rich in ecological diversity that it has received numerous official recognitions from state, federal, and indigenous entities? Sadly, because of a 2009 act of Congress, the federal government is putting Plum Island on the auction block.

This is the only chance we will have to protect this critical place. Save the Sound has stepped up. We’ve mobilized citizens in three states, developed a coalition of nearly 100 varied organizations, filed a federal lawsuit to block the sale based on the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, worked with your local elected officials to promote Plum’s preservation, and are in the midst of new efforts to ensure Congress takes action to conserve the island’s wildlands.

We lead a mission to save Plum Island, and we need our secret campaign ingredient—YOU—now more than ever. 

Plum Island is like no other

  • Largest seal haul-out in New York
  • Habitat for 220 bird species—nearly one out of four bird species found in North America!
  • Significant ecological communities, including sea turtles, marine eelgrass beds, and rich fish populations
  • Site of Fort Terry, in use from the Spanish American War until after World War II
  • Plum Island Light, a National Register Historic Site
  • Internationally renowned Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Save the Sound leads the way

We lead the charge to save Plum Island at the local, state, and federal levels. We are fighting to make sure Plum Island remains a sanctuary for wildlife and becomes a place where people can enjoy fishing its waters and walking its beaches.

Save the Sound directs the campaign to save Plum Island, a multi-year, multi-state effort that includes:

  • Supporting bills introduced by Plum Island champions in Congress. You can, too. Sign a letter to your senators and congressman.
  • Suing two federal agencies for their faulty environmental impact statement. Read about the lawsuit.
  • Coordinating the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, made up of nearly 100 organizations! Learn more and join the coalition at or contact Chris (CT) or Louise (NY) today.
  • Supporting New York’s 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan. It says New York could acquire 600–700 acres of open space on Plum Island for “wildlife habitat, shoreline preservation and protection of significant cultural resources,” if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not create a wildlife refuge there. Thank Governor Cuomo for including Plum Island
  • Urging New York to use all its power under its Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program to block the sale of Plum Island to a private entity. (Action coming soon!)

Support Save the Sound in protecting Plum Island—the home of endangered, threatened, rare, and globally significant animals and plants. Join us today.

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Wednesday, July 1, 12:00 p.m.
Environmental Film Club: “Greening the Ghetto” Join us for a live Q&A and panel discussion with Save the Sound staff as we talk about “Greening the Ghetto,” a 20-minute TED talk by Majora Carter about her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx, New York.

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