Pitch In To Protect Pitch Pines with LINPI

Pitch pine cones.
Pitch pine cones.

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative is joining up with several environmental agencies to launch three pitch pine cone harvesting gatherings in the Central Pine Barrens this fall.

The events are being held in partnership with the Central Pine Barrens Commission’s Protected Lands Council, Suffolk County Department of Parks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the National Seeds of Success Program.

Volunteers are needed to “Pitch in” to help protect the namesake tree of the Central Pine Barrens. The pine cone gathering sessions will be held on Oct. 6 in Hubbard County Park in Hampton Bays, on Oct. 20 at the Spinney Road Trailhead in Flanders and on Nov. 9 at the Dwarf Pine Plains Trailhead in Westhampton Beach.

Please RSVP by the Tuesday prior to each individual volunteer event by calling the Central Pine Barrens Commission office at 631.288.1079 or by emailing Polly Weigand at: Pweigand@pb.state.ny.us.

Pitch Pine Cone Gathering Information:

October 6, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hubbard County Park
Black Duck Lodge
Red Creek Road
Hampton Bays, NY

October 20, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spinney Road Trailhead
Route 24, Flanders, NY

November 9, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dwarf Pine Plains Trailhead
CPBC Office
624 Old Riverhead Road
Westhampton Beach, NY

Rain Dates:
Rain dates are Oct. 7th, Oct 21st, and Nov 10th which is the following day after the originally schedule date.

Meeting Place and Registration:
Meet promptly at 1:00 p.m. at respective locations. Park in a safe location and sign in. No one will be permitted to enter the woods before registering, without protective gear, and without a safety briefing. If you cannot arrive on time, please call Polly Weigand at 631.258.0136.

To Bring/Wear:
Please wear long pants, long socks and sturdy footwear and bring work gloves, tick protection, hand clippers, drinking water, hardhat and fluorescent safety vest. The organizers will have some extra gear and equipment to loan out. Safety equipment must be worn at all times.

Directions to Meeting Locations:
Black Duck Lodge, Hubbard County Park: From NY-27 (Sunrise Hwy), take exit 65N to merge onto NY-24 North toward Riverhead (aka Riverhead-Hampton Bays Rd/Flanders Rd), continue to follow NY-24 North approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Red Creek Rd. Proceed about 500 feet turn left into dirt driveway, go through gate and past Hubbard County Park Sign, and proceed 1/2 mile to lodge. (October 6, 2016-1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Spinney Road, Flanders: From NY-27 (Sunrise Hwy), take exit 65N to merge onto NY-24 North toward Riverhead (aka Riverhead-Hampton Bays Rd/Flanders Rd), continue to follow NY-24 North approximately 3 miles. Turn left into the Spinney Road turn out and trailhead on the South side of Route 24. (October 20, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Dwarf Pine Plains Trailhead, Westhampton Beach: From Route NY-27 (Sunrise Hwy), take exit 63S to merge onto Old Riverhead Rd (County RT 31) towards Westhampton Beach. Go 500 feet South and turn left into the Suffolk County Water Authority Parking lot. (November 9, 2016-1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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