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INFORMATION FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT HIKING
 ON LONG ISLAND

Join all of the local hiking groups. When you consider how much value and satisfaction you get, in return for the small membership contributions, it doesn’t make sense not to. The individuals who lead the hikes and the participants often have deep reserves of information about the trails and hiking in general and most of them are very happy to share their knowledge. You might also be surprised to find that you have many other interests in common with these people.

If you intend to hike on property managed by the DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) you should apply for an access permit. IT IS FREE! To do so makes sense for a number of reasons. When you apply you are furnished with a lot of information from the DEC. Where the protected lands are, where to park, when and where there is hunting and any regulations you need to be aware of. A LARGE NUMBER OF NEW APPLICATIONS WILL LET THE STATE KNOW THAT THERE IS A GROWING INTEREST IN THESE LANDS. Send your request for an access permit to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Forest Protection & Fire Management
NYS Forest Rangers
SUNY, Building 40
Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356
Telephone: (516) 444-0291 – Fax: (516) 444-0373

If you have the time you might find a visit to the building to be worth while. When I visit Bldg. 40 last summer I found an extravaganza of pamphlets on a diverse range of subjects.

Pine Barrens Trails Information Center
County Road 111, Manorville
(516) 369-9768 (Seasonal)


The Pine Barrens Trails Information Center offers:

Hiking, environmental education and a visitor center

Directions: Long Island Expressway, Exit 70; Head north on County Road 111; follow 1/4 mile to Visitor Center on right.

Situated conveniently near several access points to hiking trails in the Pine Barrens, this facility was been established to provide the public with environmental interpretation of the Pine Barrens. Exhibits include information on Pine Barrens Coastal Plain Ponds and Pine Barrens land and wildlife management. Informative literature and brochures are also available at the center both for free and for purchase. A short, interpretive "Blueberry Loop" trail has been routed on the grounds of the center to give visitors a sampling of a Pine Barrens outdoor experience. A children's "Pine Barrens Touch Museum" is another highlight of the Pine Barrens Trail Information Center. Open Friday through Monday, from May - October.


Pine Barrens Watch and Telephone Hotline
The Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council's member agencies need your help. With more than 54,000 acres of core area lands to patrol and protect, the Council members cannot be everywhere, so they have set up a Pine Barrens Watch Program

A 24 hour, 7 days per week telephone hotline has been established so you can report illegal activities directly to a single number, housed at the Council's office at Southaven County Park.
If you see any illegal activities of an environmental nature in any of Suffolk County’s parks and open space
(dumping, poaching, off road vehicle violations, etc.):

1. Do not take any direct action, but instead:
2. Call the 24 hour hotline immediately at:
1-877-BARRENS

When making a call, please have as much of the following information available as possible:

-Where the incident is located

-What happened

-When it occurred, or if it is occurring

-Who was involved

-Vehicle(s) descriptions

-Other pertinent information.

-All calls will be kept confidential.


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