Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission
Robert J. Gaffney, Chair
Felix J. Grucci, Jr., Vice Chair
Vincent Cannuscio, Member
Ray E. Cowen, Member
James R. Stark, Member

Commission Meeting of August 21, 1996
Brookhaven Town Offices, Medford, NY

Commendation for the New York Army National Guard
for its cooperative work with the Central Pine Barrens Commission
and the Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council


Members present: Mr. Cowen (for New York State and Governor Pataki), Mr. Dragotta (for Suffolk County and Mr. Gaffney), Ms. Filmanski (for Riverhead Town and Mr. Stark), Mr. Freleng (for Southampton Town and Mr. Cannuscio), and Mr. Girandola (for Brookhaven Town and Mr. Grucci)
Whereas, the New York Environmental Conservation Law Article 57 recognizes the special ecological and hydrological nature of the 100,000 acre Central Pine Barrens of Suffolk County, NY, and
Whereas, the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, created by this law as a regional partnership among the State of New York, the County of Suffolk and the Towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, and Southampton, has created and approved the June 1995 Central Pine Barrens Comprehensive Land Use Plan for this region, and
Whereas, the Public Lands Management chapter of this Plan, and the Law Enforcement Council created under it, recognize the need for interagency coordination, resource sharing, and stewardship of the public lands within the Core Preservation Area of the Central Pine Barrens, and

Whereas, the New York Army National Guard and the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs requested permission for external load training exercises utilizing UH-60 Blackhawk and other helicopters and associated equipment, within the Central Pine Barrens, and

Whereas, the load training missions proposed were identified by the Army National Guard, the Commission, and the agencies comprising the Law Enforcement Council as being of mutual benefit in that the external load training exercises and associated low-level contour flying, would result in additional oversight, monitoring, and clean-up of dumping activity on these lands, and

Whereas, this Commission by its resolution of March 6, 1996 granted such permission for this interagency effort to protect the pine barrens' ecological and hydrological features, and

Whereas, this work has begun successfully with the external load training missions of May 23 and May 30, 1996, which have resulted in the removal of abandoned vehicles, and their associated hazards and potentially detrimental impacts, from these public lands, and

Whereas, the Commission wishes to acknowledge the indispensable role which these missions, and the future missions currently under discussion, play in the long-term stewardship of these areas and the precedent it sets for long-term interagency cooperation,

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that this Commission hereby gratefully acknowledges and commends the contribution of the New York Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility #1 and the Headquarters in Latham, NY in the planning and execution of these training missions, and be it further

Resolved, that this Commission specifically acknowledges the individual contributions, listed alphabetically, of SSG Les Allier, CW4 James Beauman, SSG Joseph Gallo, SSG Efrain Hernandez, SGT James Holloman, COL Frank Intini, SGT Stephen Lawrence, CPT Edward Murphy, SPC Joseph Watson, and CW4 Wallace Wright, and be it further

Resolved, that the Commission reemphasizes its previous support for continued cooperative work, and looks forward to all future endeavors.

Motion by: Mr. Cowen
Second by: Mr. Freleng
Ayes: Mr. Cowen, Mr. Dragotta, Ms. Filmanski, Mr. Freleng, Mr. Girandola
Nays: None