Group: Suffolk failing on land preservation

According to a new report by the Pine Barrens Society, state and Suffolk County officials are failing miserably when it comes to land preservation.

The report says the number of land acres Suffolk preserves has dropped off drastically. The county bought 3,000 acres in 1991 and 352 in 2009.

At the current rate, the group says the county will achieve one-third of its land preservation goals by 2020.

Critics say Suffolk officials aren't moving quickly enough to use the money designated for open-space purchasing.

Suffolk County Environment and Energy Commissioner Carrie Meek Gallagher says acquiring property is more difficult now because of the recession and real estate slump.

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