With the publication of this revised manual, the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality sets forth the policies and procedures for the preservation of Suffolk County owned historic sites, buildings and areas which form the County's historic, aesthetic and cultural resources. It also outlines the standards that should be used by the County for acquisition, dedication and maintenance of properties having distinctive historical significance.
Pursuant to the mandate in Article I of the Suffolk County Charter, the Environmental Bill of Rights passed at referendum in 1972. The Council makes recommendations to the Suffolk County Executive and Legislature as to what county-owned properties should be dedicated to the Historic Trust for posterity. These include, Suffolk County historic sites, buildings and areas which may
include roads, highways and water bodies.