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Celebrate 25 Years of the Long Island Pine Barrens Preserve

   Join the Pine Barrens Society in celebrating the 25th year of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act – the legislation that permanently protected Long Island’s premier ecosystem.  In July 1993, after a more than four year legal and legislative battle, the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act was unanimously passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Mario Cuomo in a ceremony at Southaven County Park. Since that time, the Long Island Pine Barrens has served as a sanctuary for every Long Islander wishing to connect with nature, just as famed poet and Long Island native Walt Whitman did more than a century ago. Here are some ways that you can go out and connect with nature in the Long Island Pine Barrens: 

See the Bluebirds of Robert Cushman Murphy County Park
Are you an avid birder? One of the best places to go birdwatching within the Long Island Pine Barrens is a little place off of Old River Road within the Robert Cushman Murphy County Park in  Manorville. You know you will be in the right place when see you the old barn off of the road. Make a stop and wait to see the beautiful bluebirds of the Pine Barrens! {Location: Old River Road, Manorville, NY 11949} 

See the “Ghost Forest” of Hubbard County Park
No, the Long Island Pine Barrens is not haunted! Hubbard County Park’s “Ghost Forest” is named after the stumps of old Atlantic White Cedars that visitors of Hubbard County Park can see during low tide. These dead trees lived during a time when the sea level was lower in Flanders Bay. Once the shoreline moved in, all that remained was the white cedars’ stumps. When visiting Hubbard County Park, you will also not want to miss seeing the famous “Black Duck Lodge”, which was built by Hubbard Family back in 1838 as a farmstead. {Location: Flanders Road, Flanders, NY 11901, Past Spinney Road. Entrance should be on your left side}

Watch the Long Island Pine Barrens TV Program
2018 marks the 15th year of the Society’s television program! On it, we discuss the current news and developments that are affecting Long Island’s Pine Barrens while also taking the time to visit the Pine Barrens in our recurring nature segments. Through these shows, you will learn about the issues of the day affecting the Pine Barrens as well as the history of the ecosystem.

Stretch Your Legs and See History on the Paumanok Path
For all avid hikers and runners, the Paumanok Path is the perfect challenge. Spanning more than 125 miles from Rocky Point to Montauk Point, much of which transverse the Long Island Pine Barrens, the Paumanok Path provides travelers with an up close and personal view of Long Island’s environment and history. On the path, travelers will see pitch pines, glacial erratic, rolling hills, tidal marshes, cedar swamps, dunes, grasslands and countless species of wildlife and flora. The Paumanok Path has even greater significance due to its design drawing inspiration from the trips that Mountaukett Indian Stephen Talkhouse frequently made from East Hampton to Sag Harbor back in the 19th century. If you intend to complete the whole 125 mile journey, however, be prepared. Only one person has completed the whole span and it took six days! {Location: Path begins at Rocky Point Preserve (S Highway 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778) and ends at Montauk Point State Park (2000 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954)}

Sail the Carmans River in Southaven County Park
Visit the place where it all started. Southaven County Park was the site of the signing of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act so why not enjoy it! Providing beautiful views of the Carmans River, Southaven County Park offers the opportunity to canoe, row or kayak one of Long Island’s largest rivers {Location: 175 Gerard Rd, Yaphank, NY 11980}

“Radio In” at Rocky Point Preserve
The more than 6,000 acre preserve at Rocky Point retains remnants from its past as the largest radio transmitting station in the world. From the 1920s to 1978, the Radio Corporation of America’s “Radio Central”, as it was called, was one of the leading centers of radio technology around the globe. Today, the land of the Rocky Point Preserve represents a pristine environment and some of the most beautiful woodlands on the island. However, you can still see the concrete footings from the 400 foot radio towers that once stood on the land. {Location: S Highway 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778}

See Exhibits at the Pine Barrens Trail Information Center
If you’re in a museum kind of mood, then make sure to visit the Pine Barrens Trail Information Center in Manorville. Here both young and young at heart can learn about the Pine Barrens’ Coastal Plain Ponds and about the history and inhabitants of the Pine Barrens in the “Pine Barrens Touch Museum”. After you’re done, why not take a hike on the Wampmissick Trail directly behind the information center. {Location: 511 Captain Daniel Roe Hwy, Manorville, NY 11949}

See the White Pines of Prosser Pines County Park
The Long Island Pine Barrens is most known for its pitch pine trees, but did you know that it also is home to one of the oldest white pine plantations on the Eastern Seaboard? The only white pine forest on Long Island contains more than 56 acres of woodlands that were planted by William Dayton back in 1812 and cared for by George Prosser in the late 19th century {Location: 67 Yaphank Middle Island Rd, Middle Island, NY 11953}

Make your own journey with the Society’s Hiking Guide
Feeling adventurous? Explore Long Island’s Pine Barrens on your very own by using the Society’s Pine Barrens Trails Guide available on our website here.