State's Central Pine Barrens
the 20th Anniversary of the Creation of the Long Island Central Pine
Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act was signed into law by the
Governor of NYS on July 13,1993
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission
624 Old Riverhead Road (CR31), Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
(Southeast corner of Sunrise Highway and CR 31) Directions
Office Phone Number: 631-288-1079, Fax
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OF POTENTIAL SELLERS AND
Use Plan (CLUP)
presentation on the Commission, its authority and responsibilities per
NYS ECL Article 57 and
the CLUP, and the
development review process, hardship application process and the Pine
Barrens Credit Program as
it relates to and is
implemented by the Commission and its three Member Towns (Brookhaven,
Riverhead and Southampton)
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The Central Pine
New York's southeasternmost county, Suffolk, occupies the eastern
end of Long Island, containing over 900 square miles of terrestrial and
marine environments. Three of Suffolk County's ten towns host the
100,000+ acre, New York State designated region known as the Central
Pine Barrens. This region is the largest remnant of a forest
thought to have once encompassed over a quarter million acres.
The Central Pine Barrens overlies a portion of Long Island's federally
designated sole source drinking water aquifer.
For an introduction to this
and similar areas in the northeastern United States, see:
- What and Where are the Central Pine Barrens of New York? A
three page fact sheet in text
or pdf format.
- Long Island, New York Central Pine Barrens: locator map and text, pdf map without text
- Northeastern United States Pine Barrens: locator map and comparison chart, pdf map without chart
- Central Pine Barrens map with Core, Compatible Growth Area,
and major roads: pdf
(best when printed at 11" x 17")
- Central Pine Barrens Public and
Pine Barrens Credit Easement Protected Lands: pdf (best when
printed at 11" x 17").
- Physical map of Long Island
showing the Long Island Sound, Peconic Estuary, South Shore Estuary
Reserve, and the Central Pine Barrens areas: pdf map
(best when printed at 11" x 17"; map courtesy of The Nature Conservancy
Long Island Chapter and posted here with permission - thank you!)
- Core Preservation Area estimated land use chart through
1/1/04: text, pdf
The Pine Barrens Act, the Plan, the Commission, and Land Use
In 1993, New York State's Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act
defined this region at the junction of the Towns of Brookhaven,
Riverhead, and Southampton. The 1993 Act created a five member Central
Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, an Advisory
Committee, and mandated the production and implementation of the Central
Barrens Comprehensive Land Use Plan, adopted in June 1995.
(Photo: Wildwood Lake is a 64 acre fresh water body in
the Southampton Town portion of the Central Pine Barrens, a few miles
south of the Riverhead business district and the Peconic River.
See the NYS DEC web
page for the Lake. Click photo to enlarge.)
- The Pine Barrens Legislation, the Commission, and the
- The legislation - NY
Environmental Conservation Law Article 57: An unofficial
- Pine Barrens Commission: members, meeting schedule & agenda and minutes
- Pine Barrens Advisory Committee: members, meeting
schedule & agenda and minutes
- Central Pine Barrens organizational chart showing
Councils, Committees, etc.: text,
- General overview of the legislation, the Pine Barrens,
and the Commission: pdf (11
- Long Island Pine Barrens
Protection Areas Map with Core
and CGA acreage by Town Core and CGA
Acreage by Town Table
- Detailed overview: pdf (54 pages).
- Major events and milestones in the Central Pine
Barrens: pdf (4 pages).
- Reports of Activities: 2009
2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
- Summary of changes to the Act and the Plan from 1993
to the present: pdf (1
- Summary chart of all
- The Central Pine Barrens Comprehensive Plan and related
documents (Note: Volume 1 of the
Plan is currently undergoing an extensive Plan amendment process.
Changes to the Plan that have been adopted by the Commission in 2011
and 2012 are not currently reflected in the Volume 1 document below.
For Plan amendment changes
adopted by the Commission Click
- Land Use, Development, and Pine Barrens Credits
(transferable development rights):
- Is a parcel of land within the Central Pine Barrens? If so,
which area - the Core? the CGA?
- Land Acquisition Programs:
- See "Contacts for Potential Sellers of Core Preservation
Area Property" for the phone numbers of land acquisition agencies
and organizations: text, pdf
- Latest Reports on Commission
Stewardship Activities: Law Enforcement, Land
Management, and Fire Management
and the Commission have created three
specialized, topical Councils to address operational and stewardship
needs for this multijurisdictional region, and citizen involvement is
strongly encouraged. (Left: ATV Damage Mitigation Field Work;
Right: Wildfire Safety video available upon request. Click for
Page (updated 5/2/11) - This page contains sections
- Law Enforcement and the Law Enforcement Council
- Protected Lands Management and the Protected Lands Council, and
- Wildfire and the Wildfire Task Force.
Recreation in the Pine Barrens With over 30,000 acres of protected public lands in
the Central Pine Barrens, there are many opportunities for exploring
and enjoying Long Island's largest natural area. Activities
available include walking and hiking, camping, horseback riding,
canoeing and boating, bicycling (both road touring and mountain
biking), hunting, fishing, and other pursuits. For an
introduction, see our booklet entitled Exploring the Long Island Pine
Barrens: Information for Outdoor Recreation (updated 8/13/09)
(or the pdf version).
(Photo: Cover of one of five Pine Barrens Field Guides
compiled by the fourth grade class of Ms. Debbie Lohman at the Miller Avenue Elementary
School in the Shoreham Wading River School District. The
students presented their pine barrens class results to the Commission
at its April meeting. The guides cover drinking water, plants,
animals, insects, soil, the water cycle, fire and pollution.
Click to enlarge this cover. Click
to view or download a copy. Contact the Commission office for
the full guide.)
The Pine Barrens Credit (Transfer of
Development Rights) Program
The 1995 Plan initiated a
"transfer of development rights", or "Pine Barrens Credit" (PBC)
Program. The Program is more fully described in the Central Pine
Barrens Plan (Chapter 6), and the Pine Barrens Credit Program
Handbook, a question and answer book for landowners and other
interested parties. The Plan is available online (see
links above) as is the Handbook. Printed copies can be
requested from the office. For up to date PBC Program information
see the Pine Barrens Credit
Program Main Page (updated 5/31/13). See a presentation
style overview of the PBC Program (24 pages) in this pdf file.
(Photo: Dwarf Pine Plains
area in Westhampton)
Scientific Research and the Pine
Ecologists, geologists, hydrogeologists, historians, botanists,
planners, and other specialists have looked at the barrens of the U.S.
in many scientific studies. There are a number of organized "pine
barrens research" efforts underway and flourishing. (Photo:
Turtles in the barrens are discussed in the "Reptiles" web
page of Brookhaven Laboratory. Photo by Ray Corwin.
Click to enlarge.) See Scientific Research and the Pine
Barrens - Main Page (updated 4/10).
Improving Stewardship In Concert With our International
"Twin" - Pisa, Italy Regional Parks
protected and reserved areas across New York State have been "twinned"
with comparable regions in Italy, with the goal of sharing knowledge
and experience among citizens of both regions. The Central Pine
Barrens Commission and Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli (MSRM)
Regional Park in Tuscany, Italy are "twin parks" under this program. (Photo:
Sunset along the coast within MSM Regional Park. Photo by Ray
Corwin. Click to enlarge.) See a short summary of this
work in this pdf file. At the 2004 Pine Barrens Research
Forum on 10/8/04, a formal Memorandum of Agreement between our two
parks was signed - see the English
or Italian versions in pdf
format. The twinnings was also part of the 2005 Park Festival in
Pisa, described in the Festa del
Parco agenda (pdf, Italian and English). In 2009, a supplemental MOA was signed
regarding the student biodiversity mapping program.
Publications, Maps and Additional Information:
Pine Barrens Reference Library Category
Inventory (updated April 2004). (pdf version) No, not a virtual library - a
real one, housed in our Great River office! To see what information you
can expect to find if you visit, first browse our on line inventory of
One page introduction to this web site: text, pdf
Site Map, Index
and Glossary (internal links)
Pine Barrens (external) Links: links to other Pine
Barrens related sites (government, not for profit, educational, etc.)
General inquiries about the Commission or the pine
barrens? E-mail us at our general info mailbox, or call us
at the number below.
Pine Barrens Credit Program information and questions?
E-mail the Pine Barrens
Credit Clearinghouse staff
Comments about this web site, its information content,
related links, etc.? Send e-mail to our webmaster
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About our logo
(Photo: A ground level view of the landscape in Warbler Woods
County Park, showing haircap moss along a road. The genus Polytrichum
includes several haircap mosses; see the
"Natural Perspective" web site's page on this genus. For an
introduction to the broader world of mosses and liverworts (the phylum
Bryophyta) see both Dr.
Kimball's (Harvard University) "Mosses and Liverworts" and the Leatherwood Trail web site's
"World of Mosses". Photo by Ray Corwin. Click to
Contacting the Commission:
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy
Peter A. Scully, Commission Chair
Steven Bellone, Anna E. Throne-Holst, Edward P.
Romaine, Sean M. Walter, Members
624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Inquiries about the Commission or the pine barrens: info
Pine Barrens Credit Program inquiries: clearinghouse
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This site was last updated on 6/14/13
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