The Lee Koppelman Nature Preserve
Montauk, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY
The preserve is adjacent to Hither Hills State Park and Hither Woods Preserve.
1988 -- this is a protected aquifer recharge area in the pine barren woodlands. At Suffolk County's request, the area was acquired by the Nature Conservancy.
1989 -- TNC sells the area to the county in February. The land was the first major acquisition in the county's Groundwater Protection Program.
1989 -- park dedicated to Lee Koppelman, the Long Island Regional Planning Board's first executive director since 1965 and a dedicated environmentalist.
(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)