Central Pine Barrens

Fire Management Plan

April, 1999
 
 

Prepared by
Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force
care of
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission
P.O. Box 587
3525 Sunrise Highway, 2nd Floor
Great River, NY 11739-0587
631-563-0385
 
 

PLAN APPROVALS, REVISIONS AND UPDATES

August 13, 1998 - A resolution was passed by the Wildfire Task Force members (vote: 20 yes, 2 no), at their meeting held at the Eastport Fire Department, to approve this revised Draft Plan dated July, 1998, with the addition of adding to the list of recommendations for the Central Pine Barrens Commission located in the Executive Summary, a request for financial assistance to purchase water bucket extensions for helicopters to facilitate their access to water sources used for fighting wildfires. This approval was made with the understanding that the Plan would undergo some minor editorial changes, but no substantive changes would be made to its content. It was understood that the Plan would be submitted to the members of the Central Pine Barrens Commission for their acceptance at an upcoming meeting. The Wildfire Task Force, at the same meeting passed a resolution to include the US Fish And Wildlife Service and the NY Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility #1 as members of the Task Force.

September 16, 1998 - At the Commission's meeting held on this day at the Suffolk County Park Police Headquarters in Southaven County Park located in Yaphank, the Editorial Board of the Wildfire Task Force presented the Draft Plan to the Commission members with the recommendation that the Draft Plan be adopted by the Commission as an amendment to Chapter 7 of the Central Pine Barrens Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Volume 1. The Commission passed a resolution that authorized staff to commence the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process for the action of the preparation and adoption of the Draft Plan by the Commission. The Commission, at the same meeting, also passed a resolution making the Wildfire Task Force a permanent council of the Commission.

October 15, 1998 - A lead agency coordination letter was sent from the Commission to all involved and interested agencies as per SEQR 617.6 along with a completed Long Environmental Assessment Form, Part 1. The preparation and adoption of the Draft Plan by the Commission was determined to be a Type I action under SEQRA. The Commission would assume lead agency if no objection was received from other involved agencies within 30 days of the date of this letter.

November 18, 1998 -At the Commission meeting held on this day at Riverhead Town Hall, located in Riverhead, the Commission passed a resolution to assume lead agency status under SEQRA for the action of the preparation and the adoption of the Draft Plan.

February 23, 1999 - The Commission members at their meeting held on this day at the Town of Brookhaven, passed a resolution that the preparation and adoption of the Draft Plan would not have significant environmental impact and therefore made a negative determination of significance under SEQRA for this action. Included in this resolution were minor revisions made by the Commission to Chapter 5 of the Plan at Sections 5.1, 5.R and Appendix C, to refine the recommendations for the development of public education programs and a fire danger rating system to promote public safety, especially in regard to the concept of defensible space. The revisions promote consideration and implementation of defensible space strategies based on very specific proposals which will improve the effectiveness of implementation, increase coordination among all involved agencies and which will enhance the protection of areas in need of protection. The Commission determined that these revisions would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment as they were designed in part to ensure mitigation of concerns regarding potential adverse environmental impacts including potential conflicts with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, local laws and existing covenants and the potential for an adverse increase in clearing of vegetation and disturbance of habitat.

April 7, 1999 - A resolution was passed by the Commission members at their meeting held on this day at the Commission's Office located in Great River, to adopt the Plan as amended by the Commission, as the Commission's Central Pine Barrens Fire Management Plan, dated April, 1999.
 
 

CENTRAL PINE BARRENS WILDFIRE TASK FORCE

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

CHAIRS:

CHIEF PHILIP R. DROWER (Chief, Wading River Fire Department, and Current Task Force Chair)
MR. JOHN M. SEARING (Former Chief, Rocky Point Fire Department, and Original Task Force Chair)

CO-VICE CHAIRS:

CAPT. ROBERT J. CONKLIN (Chief Forest Ranger, NYS DEC Region 1)
MR. JOHN M. UREVICH (Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council)
 
 

MEMBER AGENCIES, OFFICES AND ORGANIZATIONS

FEDERAL:

STATE:


COUNTY:


TOWN:


FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND/OR INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS:


CHIEFS AND DISTRICTS ASSOCIATIONS:


PRIVATE:


STEWARDSHIP COUNCILS OF THE COMMISSION:

(Note:  The membership of the Wildfire Task Force has increased since production of this Fire Management Plan.
To see the current roster of member organizations,
or to reach their individual web sites, click here.)