Stephen Searl joins Sylvester Manor from the North Shore Land Alliance in Oyster Bay, NY, where he was Director of Conservation. In that capacity he oversaw the acquisition and donations of land, historic properties, conservation projects and easements, as well as handling the stewardship, management and maintenance of Land Alliance properties.
A native of Cutchogue, Stephen grew up working in his family's business, Wickham's Fruit Farm. He was the Farm Manager at Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Jamesport and a Project Manager at Peconic Land Trust in Southampton. In that latter capacity, he was involved in early discussions with Eben Ostby and Bennett Konesni that eventually culminated in the donation of Sylvester Manor by the family to form the non-profit. He also has a private consulting business where he works with numerous land owners on conservation, land-use planning, agriculture, and real estate throughout the East End of Long Island.
Stephen graduated from Cornell University's School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received a Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont in Natural Resource Planning. Now living in Mattituck with his wife, Elizabeth Casey, the co-founder of the Peconic Community School, and their three sons, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hallockville Museum Farm in Jamesport and is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Peconic Community School in Aquebogue.