Central Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council
Abandoned Vehicle Airlifts from the Central Pine Barrens

(Updated 10/26/09)

The Law Enforcement Council removes abandoned vehicles from remote areas of the Central Pine Barrens without creating environmental
disturbances normally involved with ground extraction (roads, cutting, etc.)

As a member of the Council, the NY Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility #1 utilizes their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to simultaneously
train helicopter, rigging, and ground crews in external load training while participating in community service through the GuardHELP Program.

Council agencies conduct on the ground reconnaissance of all vehicles to assure that they are suited for the program,
investigate the vehicles origin, and detail the ingredients for a successful airlift.

Once extracted, all vehicles are immediately recycled or impounded, as deemed appropriate.
Recycling is accomplished courtesy of the three Pine Barrens Towns: Brookhaven, Riverhead, and Southampton.
Vehicles not suited for the program are removed through other means.  The airlift program's work to date is shown below.


Mission
Number
Date
General
Location(s)
Vehicles
This
Day
Total
To
Date
Notes
1
5/23/96
Manorville
4
4
The first vehicle lifts were from Suffolk County Parklands, with County Executive and Commission Chair Robert Gaffney present.  See this link for the text of Mr. Gaffney's Media Advisory for the event.
2
5/30/96
Manorville
4
8
 
3
3/27/97
Manorville
5
13
Members of the NY Army National Guard's Latham, NY Public Affairs Office were present for this lift.
4
4/16/97
Manorville
5
18
At its 4/23/97 meeting, the Commission presented Maj. Gen. Robert Rose, the Commander of the NY Army National Guard at that time, and Col. Frank P. Intini, Jr., Facility Commander for the local Army Guard aviation facility, with a formal commendation for the Guard's cooperative work with the Law Enforcement Council.
5
5/1/97
Calverton, Ridge
4
22
 
6
5/13/97
Flanders
2
24
 
7
5/19/97
Ridge, Panamoka
5
29
Required 6 lifts for the 5 vehicles, since one truck was in two pieces.
8
1/26/98
Rocky Point
4
33
 
9
5/21/98
Manorville
4
37
 
10
5/27/98
Manorville
4
41
 
11
6/15/98
Calverton, Ridge
3
44
 
12
6/22/98
Calverton, Ridge
5
49
 
13
6/26/98
Hampton Hills, Sarnoff Preserve
4
53
See Suffolk County Executive's  Press Release re 50th vehicle removal.
14
11/25/98
Manorville
4
57
Maj. Gen. Robert Rose, then Commander of the NY Army National Guard, was present at this lift, which occurred just prior to his retirement the following week.

The vehicle airlifts, along with other Council activities, formed the basis for  a Secretary of the Army Environmental Quality Award to one of the Council Members, Col. (Ret.) Frank P. Intini, Jr. in 1999.  Also available is the original NY Army Guard award nomination, which contains descriptions and photos of the Council's stewardship and community service projects.

15
8/8/00
Eastport
3
60
The three "vehicles" included one sedan, one truck body, and one trailer.
16
4/5/02
Manorville
3
63
The three vehicles included two cars (number 61 and 63; see vehicle recycling photo) and one camper trailer (number 62; see trailer extraction photo
17
10/6/09
Rocky Point, Manorville, Westhampton, and Ridge
6
69
Four vehicles were removed from Manorville parklands, one from Suffolk County parkland in Westhampton, and one from Brookhaven State Park in Ridge.  See photo album.