Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission
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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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.
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
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
For an introduction to this
and similar areas in the northeastern United States,
What and Where are the Central Pine Barrens of New York?
A three page fact sheet in text or pdf format.
Central Pine Barrens map with Core Preservation Area,
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
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.)
The Pine Barrens Legislation, the Commission, and the
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
Stewardship Activities: Law Enforcement, Land
Management, and Fire Management
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.)
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)
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 Government’s website.
To submit a FOIL request, please complete the FOIL Request Application and return
it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
John W. Pavacic
FOIL Appeals Officer
Central Pine Barrens Commission
624 Old Riverhead Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and
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
631-288-1079 Fax: 631-288-1367
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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