Fire Island National Seashore


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Fire Island National Seashore

Address:120 Laurel St
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone:631-289-4810
Fax:631-289-4898
Web: www.nps.gov/fiis/
Size: 19,579 acres.
Established: Authorized on September 11, 1964. Wilderness designated on December 23, 1980.
Location:Fire Island stretches 32 miles along Long Island's south shore, from Moriches Inlet on the east to Democrat Point on the west. It forms a barrier between Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), groceries, restaurant/snacks, bathhouse, marina, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:This barrier island offers the opportunity for beach-oriented recreation and ecological observations. The Fire Island Lighthouse and the William Floyd Estate provide introductions to the cultural history of Long Island. Much of the land in the seashore has natural features unusual for its proximity to New York City, including the Otis Pike Fire Island Wilderness, the only federal wilderness in New York, and the Sunken Forest, a 300-year-old holly forest.

See other parks in New York.
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Army Corps of Engineers has issued a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to provide flood protection for properties on Fire Island National Seashore and the south shore of mainland Long Island.
In the last 30 years, millions of dollars of private property has been damaged during storms at Fire Island National Seashore because people continue to build on the shifting dunes of the narrow barrier island.
Fire Island National Seashore was authorized by Congress in 1964, with legislation directing the National Park Service to protect the beach and island resources "unspoiled and undeveloped.
Diane Abell, landscape architect and planner for Fire Island National Seashore, says, "the Park Service is not trying to stop this project.
Dillon says that private property and residential communities have always been part of Fire Island National Seashore and will continue to be, but "I think in creating the national seashore, Congress intended us to develop mutually acceptable relationships without compromising the natural and unspoiled beauty described in the park's enabling legislation.
She identifies six sites as crucial plover nesting areas: Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts; Fire Island National Seashore in New York; Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey; Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and Virginia; and Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout national seashores in North Carolina.
At Fire Island National Seashore in New York, prime plover habitat abuts prime human real estate.