Palumbo To Craft Legislation Adding Hundreds Of Acres To The Long Island Pine Barrens

Palumbo: “This legislation will preserve hundreds of acres of woodland."

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Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, (left) studies the planned expansion areas of the Long Island Pine Barrens with Josh Turner, Brookhaven Town Open Space Program Coordinator.

Photo by: Office of Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo

Hauppauge, NY - May 2, 2017 - Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) today expressed his excitement about introducing legislation to expand the Long Island Pine Barrens by approximately 800 acres, which will include the Mastic Woods and the lands surrounding the Old Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. By crafting this legislation, Palumbo hopes to protect the bucolic nature of the Long Island Pine Barrens, protecting the fauna and wildlife that call these areas their home.
 
“This legislation will preserve hundreds of acres of woodland and ensure that all future development is environmentally conscious,” said Palumbo. “With limited habitats for animals on Long Island and the dire need to preserve the Pine Barrens, securing this land is crucial.”
 
Both the Mastic Woods and Shoreham property provide sanctuary to some of Long Island’s most notable wildlife, including the great horned owl, red fox and white-tail deer. These tracts of land are not only home to wildlife, but also are key to preserving over 25 different forest, wetland and shoreline ecological communities. The Shoreham property is uniquely home to one of New York state’s rarest species of plant, known as the seaside gerardia, whose largest population by far is found in Shoreham.
 
“Crafting this legislation will guarantee that the ecosystems, plant life and animals found in these tracts of land can be seen and enjoyed by our children and future generations,” said Palumbo. “We need to protect unique plant life like the seaside gerardia, that is found in this area. We are hoping to put this together and get it signed into law by the end of June.”
 
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo represents the 2nd Assembly District. For More information, please visit Palumbo’s Official Website.