Pine Barrens Community Calendar  -  Updated  11/16/16

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The Central Pine Barrens Commission and its Councils - Meeting Schedules

Central Pine Barrens Commission
Commission meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 2:00 pm.  Additional meetings are scheduled as needed.  Typical meeting locations are Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville (see Brookhaven directions), Riverhead Town Hall in downtown Riverhead (see Riverhead directions), Southampton Town Hall (see Southampton directions ), the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in Quogue (see Refuge directions), the Suffolk County Water Authority Training Center in Coram (see Suffolk County Water Authority Training Center directions), Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (see Wertheim directions), and Southaven Lodge at Southaven County Park  see Southaven directions.

The current meeting schedule is: Agenda

2016 Commission Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Town of Brookhaven
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm at  Southaven County Park

Central Pine Barrens Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee meetings are generally held as needed at the Suffolk County Water Authority's Coram Operations Center, 2045 Route 112, Coram
(see directions to the center).

The meeting schedule is yet to be determined.
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Pine Barrens Credits (PBCs) and the PBC Clearinghouse Board of Advisors

The Clearinghouse Board meetings are held at the Commission Office, 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY (see Directions).
The next meeting is yet to be scheduled.

Central Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council

Law Enforcement Council (LEC) meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday afternoon of each month at 1:00 pm at the Suffolk County Park Police and Pine Barrens Center at Southaven County Park (see Southaven directions), Victory Avenue, in Yaphank. The current meeting schedule is:

The following meetings will be held at the Suffolk County Park Police and Pine Barrens Center (Southaven Lodge) at Southaven County Park, Yaphank at 1:00 pm: 

Thursday, December 1, 2016



     Erosion & trail scouring from illegal ATV use  Photo Courtesy of K. Kindler                 


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Protected Lands Council

Protected Lands Council (PLC) meetings are scheduled at least four times per year on a Tuesday, at various locations in and near the Central Pine Barrens.  Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.  (Photo right: Pitch Pine Revegetation area north of Gabreski Airport)

The current meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the SCWA Coram Training Center.


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Pine Barrens Research Forum

The Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum is held at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY typically on the first Thursday and Friday in October. This event is sponsored by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute of Stony Brook University, the Foundation for Ecological Research in the Northeast, and the Pine Barrens Commission.  The Forum features technical presentations and poster displays on Thursday, and on Friday a high school student research symposium and a field trip are typically held. Registration is free, however pre-registration is required. To be placed on a future mailing list, please e-mail or call the Commission Office at 631-288-1079.  You can access information about past Research Forums at this link.

Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)

LIISMA is a cooperative effort of numerous government, private, research, and other types of organizations, plus individual citizens, interested in the control of invasive and nonnative plants throughout Long Island, NY. The LIISMA works closely with the Protected Lands Council. LIISMA meets regularly at various locations across Long Island. For further information, please contact Steve Young, LIISMA Coordinator at the New York Natural Heritage Program office, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4757, at 518-402-8951.  See for the current meeting schedule.


Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force

Wildfire Task Force meetings are held approximately four times per year. Meeting locations vary, generally rotating among the fire departments and other organizations which are members. There are also subcommittee meetings and special events. (Photo:  The Southaven County Park Smokey the Bear displaying a MODERATE fire danger level (not necessarily today's rating!), one of only a few such days in 2003.  Click to enlarge.) 

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New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy                                                                                                                                                           

"New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy" is held each year at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, typically during the last 10 days in October. The Academy operates under the Central Pine Barrens Commission which sponsors the Academy along with NYSDEC and numerous additional agencies and organizations.  The Academy is managed under an ICS organization and offers Wildfire & Incident Command System training courses. Students are trained to National Wildfire Coordinating Group Standards, with certified trainers coming from local, state and federal agencies. ĎAll Hazard ICS Position Specificí courses meet the DHS/FEMA requirements and are delivered by approved instructors from National & State Type 1 or 2 IMTs.The Academy offers federally certified courses in wildfire response, prescribed fire, all hazards emergency response, and many related topics.  The Academy's Office is located in the Suffolk County Water Authority Training Center, 2045 Route 112, Coram. (Directions)  The Academy's mailing address is NYWIMA c/o Central Pine Barrens Commission, 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978. For more information about the Academy and the training courses it offers, visit the Academy's website (click on link) , email or call 631-769-1556.

New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy Board

The next meeting is yet to be determined.

Wildfire Firefighting Water Bucket training with
New York Army and Air National Guard

Meetings of Other Agencies and Boards  
There are many other agencies, boards, committees and other entities that have jurisdiction over portions of Long Island's Pine Barrens, at the Federal, State, County, Town or Village levels of government. These include the Town Boards, Planning Boards, and numerous other governmental entities.  To get you started, you will find many of these boards' meeting schedules on their home pages. We have tried to assemble these on our "related links" page:

Requesting a Listing of a Pine Barrens Related Event

To request a listing of an upcoming event which is related to the Central Pine Barrens or to pine barrens work in general, please e-mail us at: