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Barrens Credits (TDR)
Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission (“the
to NYS ECL 57-0121.13 hereby gives notice of its intent to vote at its
on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 on
the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (“CLUP”)
amendments for Chapter 6 concerning Non-Residential Credit
Commission hearing held on March 16, 2011. The meeting will be
held at the
Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead and starts at 2:00 pm. Copies of the amendments are located
on the website at the link above.
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
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
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
- 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
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 7/2/12). 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
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:
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
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests - Written
FOIL requests should be sent either to the Commission's mailing address
or fax number (below) or to email@example.com.
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.
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
Mark Lesko, Steven Bellone, Anna E. Throne-Holst, Sean M.
P.O. Box 587; 3525 Sunrise Highway, 2nd Floor
Great River, NY 11739-0587
(Click here for directions to
Voice: 631-224-2604 Fax: 631-224-7653
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
Web site comments: webmaster
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This site was last updated on 7/12/12
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