New York State's Central Pine Barrens

Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission
 624 Old Riverhead Road (CR 31), Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
(Southeast corner of Sunrise Highway and CR 31) Directions

Office Phone Number: 631-288-1079, Fax: 631-288-1367

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Pine Barrens Region

Act, Commission, Plan, & Development

FAQs for Owners of
Private Property in the
Central Pine Barrens

2015 Central Pine Barrens Commission Annual Report


Community Calendar


Freedom of Information Requests


Incident Report Form


Site Map, Index & Glossary

Environmental Hotlines
Publications, Maps, Info

Related Links

What's new on site?

Contact Info

Central Pine Barrens
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Amendments

  Commission Meeting Schedule and Schedules for Commission Councils
Commission's Authority and Responsibility Per
NYS ECL Article 57 and the Comprehensive Land
Use Plan (CLUP)
Detailed slideshow 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)


SUBJECT: Protecting Long Islandís
Sole Source Aquifer

PURPOSE: Gathering public input on draft  State of the Aquifer report

William J. Lindsay County Complex
William H. Rogers Legislature Building
Building #20, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown 11787
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6 p.m.

Peter J. Schmitt Memorial Legislative Chamber
First Floor
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola 11501
Monday, October 17, 2016, 6 p.m.


Evans K. Griffing Building
310 Center Drive, Riverhead 11901
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6 p.m.

The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection (LICAP) was created three years ago to address both quality and quantity issues facing Long Islandís aquifer system and to advocate for a coordinated, regional approach to groundwater resources management. The purpose of these hearings is to collect public input on this topic and the commissionís draft State of the Aquifer report.

Persons wishing to present testimony should appear at one of the hearings listed above and fill out an index card listing the speakerís name, title (if applicable), organization (if applicable), address, email address and telephone number. Oral testimony will be limited to five minutesí duration. Speakers will be recognized in the order in which cards are received by appropriate personnel at the hearing.

To view the draft State of the Aquifer report, go to

Frank Koch, Chair
Stan Carey, Vice Chair
Jeffrey W. Szabo, Past Chair


(Enforcement, Management, Fire)

2014 Law Enforcement Council Annual Report

Recreation and Exploring the Outdoors


TwinningsProgram (International Research, Education and Scientific Information Exchange)


Pine Barrens
Credit Program (PBC)

2015 Pine Barrens
Year End Report


FINAL Ridge-Manorville-Calverton
Community Wildfire Protection Plan

visit the Ridge-Manorville-Calverton CWPP Facebook page

Daily Fire Danger Report


Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, may start fires in duff or decaying wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.


Click here for Fire Weather Page, prior
Fire Danger Ratings and explanation of
Fire Danger Rating System

National Weather Service
Fire Weather Forecast


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August 10, 2015 fire in the Dwarf Pine Plains on the west side of CR 31 in Westhampton, NY.
Approximately five acres burned before it was extinguished by local fire agencies and County responders.

The Central Pine Barrens Region                                                                                           

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:                                                                                    


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 Pine 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.)


Stewardship Activities:  Law Enforcement, Land Management, and Fire Management

The Plan 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 details.)

Main Stewardship Page  - This page contains sections on:

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 (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 here 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 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 Barrens                                                                             
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

Several 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:

  • Ray Corwin 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 subjects.
  • One page introduction to this web site: text, pdf
  • Site Map, Index and Glossary  (internal links)
  • List of 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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  • Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests 
    The Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law, Article 6) (FOIL) grants members of the public access to the records of government in accordance with its provisions.  For more information about FOIL and the Personal Privacy Protection Law (Public Officers Law, Article 6-A), please visit the New York State Committee on Open Governmentís website.

    To submit a FOIL request, please complete the FOIL Request Application and return it by email to If you do not have email access, please mail the completed form to the Commission at the address below or send by fax to 631-288-1367.

    A Subject Matter List of Commission Records, in accordance with New York State Public Officerís Law Article 6, Section 87(3) (c ) may be found at the following link Central Pine Barrens Commission Subject Matter List of Records.
            Availability of Records Upon appointment, public records maintained by the Commission are available for inspection or copying on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the
            Commission's Office located at 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

           Right to Appeal - To the extent you believe you have been denied access to a record by the Commission, you have thirty (30) days from the date of the determination to take a written appeal. 

            You may make an appeal by writing to:

                    Contact Information
                    John W. Pavacic
                    FOIL Appeals Officer
                    Central Pine Barrens Commission
                    624 Old Riverhead Road
                    Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 

    (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. John Kimball's (Harvard University) "Mosses and Liverworts" and the Leatherwood Trail web site's "World of Mosses".  Photo by Ray Corwin.  Click to enlarge.)

    Contacting the Commission:

    Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission
                  Carrie Meek Gallagher, Commission Chairwoman
                              Steven Bellone, Edward P. Romaine, Jay H. Schneiderman, Sean M. Walter, Members
    624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
    Direction to Commission Office

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    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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    Pine Barrens Credit Program inquiries: clearinghouse
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    This site was last updated on 9/21/16
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