New York State's Central Pine Barrens

Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission
 624 Old 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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Pine Barrens Region

Act, Commission, Plan, & Development

FAQs for Owners of
Private Property in the
Central Pine Barrens


Central Pine Barrens Commission

Annual Report


Community Calendar


Freedom of Information Requests


Incident Report Form


Site Map, Index & Glossary

Environmental Hotlines
Publications, Maps, Info

Related Links

What's new on site?

Contact Info

for the

Supplemental Draft Generic Environment Impact Statement for the Proposed Amendments to
Chapters 4, 5, 6 of the
Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Public Comment Period now open until November 2, 2015.
Click here to submit comments via email:
or mail your comments to the Commission office or send via fax.


Central Pine Barrens
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Amendments

  Commission Meeting Schedule and Schedules for Commission Councils

Commission's Authority and Responsibility Per
NYS ECL Article 57 and the Comprehensive Land
Use Plan (CLUP)
Detailed slideshow presentation on the Commission,
 its authority and responsibilities per NYS ECL Article 57
the CLUP, and the development review process,
hardship  application process and the Pine Barrens Credit
Program as
it relates to and is implemented by the
Commission and its three Member Towns
(Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton)


Carmans River
Conservation and Management Plan

Recent New York State Legislation expansion of the
 Core Preservation Area and Compatible Growth Area


(Enforcement, Management, Fire)

2014 Law Enforcement Council Annual Report

Recreation and Exploring the Outdoors


Don't miss out on exciting upcoming programs and events!


Pine Barrens
Credit Program (PBC)

2014 Pine Barrens
Year End Report


A Community Wildfire Protection Plan
for the Ridge, Manorville and Calverton Communities is currently being prepared.

The Plan will help identify areas at
greatest risk for wildfire and also identify
what can be done by the landowning agencies
 and the local residents  to reduce their risk,
and loss and damage to property
from wildfires.

Public landowners and residents located
within this Plan area can find out more about
this project and can provide their input by
clicking here
or visit the Project's Facebook

Daily Fire Danger Report



Fuels 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.

Click here for Fire Weather Page, prior
Fire Danger Ratings and explanation of
Fire Danger Rating System

National Weather Service
Fire Weather Forecast


Click here for



Central Pine Barrens Commission Advances
to Mitigate Risks in Wildfire-Prone Communities
Click here for Press Release

              Community Wildfire Protection Plan Stakeholders
 from State, County and Town agencies and the
                 Ridge and Manorville Fire Departments  

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 responders.

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 water aquifer.

For an introduction to this and similar areas in the northeastern United States, see:                                                                                    


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 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.)


Stewardship Activities:  Law Enforcement, Land Management, and Fire Management

The 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.)

Main Stewardship Page  - This page contains sections on:

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 (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 here to view or download a 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 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 Barrens                                                                             
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

Several protected and reserved areas across New York 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:  Sunset along the coast within MSM Regional 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:

  • Ray Corwin 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 subjects.
  • One page introduction to this web site: text, pdf
  • Site Map, Index and Glossary  (internal links)
  • List of 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
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  • 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

    A Subject Matter List of Commission Records, in accordance with New York State Public Officer’s Law Article 6, Section 87(3) (c )
    may be found at the following link Central Pine Barrens Commission Subject Matter List of Records.


    (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. John Kimball's (Harvard University) "Mosses and Liverworts" and the Leatherwood Trail web site's "World of Mosses".  Photo by Ray Corwin.  Click to enlarge.)

    Contacting the Commission:

                                                                        Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission
                                                                            Vacant, Commission Chair
                              Steven Bellone, Anna E. Throne-Holst, Edward P. Romaine, Sean M. Walter, Members
    624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
    Direction to Commission Office

    Voice: 631-288-1079     Fax: 631-288-1367
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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    This site was last updated on 10/27/15
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