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					  Vol. 24, No.2                   Newsletter of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society                                 Summer 2005

     Dedicated to the Preservation and Understanding of Long Island's Pitch Pine / Scrub Oak Woodlands

    State, County & Town Preserve 300 Acres in Dwarf Pine Plains
    20-year Struggle Ends with Globally Rare Ecosystem Protected
  Three hundred acres of rare pygmy pines located in the global-     Act of 1993 and adoption of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of
ly-rare Dwarf Pine Plains in Westhampton Beach have been             1995. The constitutionality of the law that preserves the Pine
acquired in a cooperative effort of                                                             Barrens was upheld in 2002. The land
New York State, Suffolk County and                                                              was originally zoned for industrial
the Town of Southampton. The                                                                    use, but could have been developed
acquisition ends a 20-year conflict                                                             with 300 houses.
and preserves an ecosystem which
exists in only three places on Earth.                                                            Instead, the state, county and town
                                                                                                 covered the $11.2 million dollar pur-
  The acquisition brings the number                                                              chase price with $7.4 million dollars
of acres in the Core Preservation                                                                in cash and the rights to develop 100
Area that remain in private hands                                                                houses in less sensitive areas. The
below 3000 acres—a notable mile-                                                                 Nature Conservancy helped negotiate
stone. The parcel, known as the WJF                                                              the deal, to be reimbursed by the gov-
property (after its former owner                                                                 ernment later. The acquisition was
Walter J. Fried Realty) was at the EARTH DAY PRESERVATIONISTS: Governor George                   announced at an Earth Day news con-
center of a legal dispute, lasting near- Pataki, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and         ference with Governor George
ly two decades. The property owner Assemblyman Fred Thiele celebrate the 35th anniversary of     Pataki, Suffolk County Executive
                                               Day by                             of the 300-acre
challenged the parcel’s inclusion in a Earth property announcing the preservationPine Barrens. A
                                         WJF           in the globally-rare Dwarf                Steve Levy and Southampton Town
Southampton town development photo of the property appears on the rear cover. Photo by:          Supervisor Patrick Heaney.
moratorium in the 1980s. The court SC Dept. of Planning.
battles continued through passage of the Pine Barrens Protection           The Dwarf Pine Plains are characterized by pitch pines that
                                                                                                         (continued on page 2)

Students Celebrate Earth Day with Island-wide Contest
  Some Long Island students had a big reason to celebrate the 35th   Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Suffolk County Water
Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22. They were winners of a "Save     Authority presented all the winners with tree seedlings and fresh
the Earth" Poster, Ad and Essay contest sponsored by the KeySpan     water from the Pine Barrens.
Foundation and the Pine Barrens Society.
                                                                       KeySpan Foundation Executive Director Robert Keller
  Fourth and fifth graders designed posters. Seventh and eighth      explained, "We are dedicated to education and the environment.
graders produced newspaper ads and eleventh and twelfth graders      What better way to bring our priorities together than to co-sponsor
wrote essays. All were on the theme "Name one of today's greatest    an environmental education contest with the Pine Barrens Society?"
environmental challenges and what can be done about it?" First
place prizewinners in each grade received $1000 scholarships, sec-     "This was a fun and educational project intended to enhance envi-
ond place winners $500 scholarships and third place prizewinners     ronmental awareness among children of all ages," said Society
$250 scholarships. The scholarships were donated by the KeySpan      President Alan Singer.
Foundation.                                                            And the Chairman of the Suffolk County Water authority
  Winners were announced at a ceremony and reception at              Michael LoGrande said, “These winning students are helping to
Southaven County Park in Yaphank. Ken Grimball of News 12            send a message to everyone that we protect ourselves when we pro-
Long Island hosted the event which featured WBLI radio. Steven       tect our natural resources.”
                                                                                                                 (continued on page 2)

   Poster Contest winners are: First Place,                                                 School in Levittown and Monica
Steven Santorelli from Lynwood Avenue                                                       Levy from Smithtown High School. Third
School in Farmingville and Kathleen Squeri                                                  Place, Rob Kiernan from MacArthur
from East Moriches Elementary School.                                                       High School in Levittown and Jessie
Second Place, Kristen Sabatino from                                                         Comba from Patchogue-Medford High
Tecumseh       Elementary    School      in                                                 School in Medford.
Farmingville and Elizabeth Braun from
Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park.
Third Place Amelia Whelan from Springs
School in East Hampton and Jessica Falci
from Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School in          Ad Contest winners are: First Place,
Islip Terrace.                                 Latricia Hires from Bridgehampton Middle
                                               School and Pin Gao from JFK Middle
                                               School in Bethpage. Second Place, Kamil
                                               Remiszewski from Rocky Point Middle
                                               School and Veronica Wicks from William T
                                               Rogers Middle School in Kings Park. Third
                                               Place, Cynthia Conway from Rocky Point
                                               Middle School, Suzanne Hutnick from
                                               William Floyd Middle School in Moriches
                                               and Keven Miller from JFK Middle School
                                               in Bethpage, a tie.
                                                  Essay Contest winners are: First Place,
                                               Melissa Antaki from MacArthur High
YOUNG WINNER: Elizabeth Braun of               School in Levittown and Julie Strohsahl
Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park                                                      TOP ENTRY: “The Last Forest” ad by Pin
won Second Prize for her “Solution to          from Smithtown High School. Second Place,    Gao from JFK Middle School in Bethpage won
Pollution,” poster.                            Ashley Glennon from MacArthur High           top honors among 7th and 8th graders.

                       Continued from page 1

grow no taller than six feet. The under story consists of
huckleberry, blueberry, bearberry and wintergreen, among other
plants. The state threatened Buck Moth, Northern Harrier Hawks
and migratory songbirds such as the whippoorwill also inhabit
the area.

  “This is one of the most significant acquisitions ever in
Long Island’s Pine Barrens,” said PBS Executive Director,
Richard Amper. “State, county and local officials fought for two
decades to win this natural treasure,” he added, “All of them are
to be commended.”

         East Hampton                  Riverhead, Southold,
        Mondays @8pm                      Southampton
    Tuesday @3:30pm & 10am                Fridays @7pm
       Wednesday @5pm

    Brookhaven, Smithtown,          Nassau County, Babylon,
              Islip                    Huntington, Islip
       Fridays @10:30am                Mondays @9:30pm

                              THE THICKET

                                Taking the Central Pine Barrens
                         by Ray Corwin
                                            Into the 21st Century
    Mr. Corwin is Executive Director of the Central Pine Barrens
               Joint Planning & Policy Commission
  From its origin following the last glacial advance over the area we
now call Long Island, the pine barrens has quietly compiled its own
history. Today, scientists, naturalists, and serious students are slow-
ly but systematically dissecting the multi media record of the
Central Pine Barrens’ history, our local piece of a Northeastern US
ecosystem whose scattered patches stretch from the mid Atlantic
through coastal New England. They aim to better understand what
defines the barrens, how it came about, and what factors cause it to
evolve in different directions. Ultimately, land managers, policy and
law makers, and citizens await these results and will struggle to
apply them to the day to day decisions that will affect the barrens
during our lifetimes.

   Like all good puzzles of the natural world, that history is not writ-
ten in a clear hand on a single, legible medium. Ah, not even close!
The clues and traces and hints of the barrens’ evolution are written       Calverton Pond, one of the coastal plain ponds in the Pine Barrens.
in the original “multi media” - not the one of the modern electronic
age. No, this history is compiled neither by historians nor scientists,      But twelve years have indeed elapsed since the bill signing, ten
and no experimental controls were in place as it was recorded. This        years since the adoption of the Central Pine Barrens
multi media consist of soil profiles; geologic layers; traces of pollen;   Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and the pine barrens has taken us
patterns of genotypes, interpretations of landform and vegetation in       (not the other way around, please note) into the new century with
light of years of clearing, farming, and development; and erosional        a host of challenges.
and depositional evidence bequeathed by thousands of years of
wind, water, and soil interacting daily.                                      The details of our decade plus contribution to the barrens’ his-
                                                                           torical record is, and continues to be, written in another medium:
   But we—as individuals and temporary custodians of the barrens           our societal record. We have learned (by doing) to draft legisla-
—live and work on a finer temporal scale, one where we measure             tion, to draft—and follow—a Plan to focus our decisions, and to
time in years and months. In so doing, we play out our collective          gather specialists to address specialized topics (the Pine Barrens
role as custodians of our natural resources incrementally, and slow-       Advisory Committee, Protected Lands Council, Law Enforcement
ly add our own physical and cultural milestones to the history of the      Council, Wildfire Task Force, Pine Barrens Credit Clearinghouse,
pine barrens. Often, in imitation of nature’s manner, we quietly           etc.). Now, the challenge in these earliest years of the new centu-
mark - indeed, we bring about - many new milestones, and one is            ry is to bring to the forefront the many facets of stewardship, from
passing quietly into the historical record even now: our entrance          law enforcement to providing public land management resources,
into a new century of the barrens lifetime.                                from theoretical research to applied studies, from ecological mon-
                                                                           itoring to water quality protection, from fire management to recre-
   Even the phrase “Central Pine Barrens” —how often have we               ation—the list is long, but our record to date shows that we can
spoken it? - reflects a noteworthy point in time for the barrens.          address these if we really so desire.
Once—pre 1990, give or take—it was simply the “pine barrens”, or,
for those of us growing up when woodland dominated the East End,              To inform our future decisions—both those which loom immi-
and, indeed, most of the Island—simply “the woods”. Starting with          nently and those which we have not yet spied on the horizon—we
the 1960's pleas of Robert Cushman Murphy to government to start           are, ultimately, dependent upon the success of those patient and
setting aside land, we have learned to value our dwindling wood-           systematic dissectors of the barrens history. The scientific recon-
lands and fields to the point that each patch and remnant deserves,        struction of its natural and cultural past is essential if we are to
and receives, a proper noun phrase to identify it. That awareness led      make the societal value judgments that will affect our “commons”,
to the 1993 Pine Barrens Protection Act and the creation of the Pine       our own quality of life, and how our little piece of the barrens his-
Barrens Commission. I am personally convinced that the signing of          torical record is viewed by the future.
the pine barrens bill was sometime just before the day before yes-
terday (or perhaps the week prior to that ...).

                         EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
                         RICHARD AMPER
                         Finishing The Job.

           keep thinking that the job of protecting drinking       development we've all witnessed over the past 50 years? It
           water and preserving open space should be getting       would seem so.
           easier. But it's not. After all, we have demonstrated
    time and again our capacity to beat back development,            What makes me optimistic and keeps me going, is this:
    often overcoming enormous odds. We have won battle             Long Islanders now get it. We are almost all fed up with the
    after battle, produced legions of new friends, saved thou-     taxes, traffic and loss of quality-of-life we're surrounded by.
    sands and thousands of                                                                           In referendum after referen-
    acres, even won the                                                                              dum—most recently the
    begrudging respect of devel-                                                                     four bond acts that passed
    opers and their politician
                                                Land not purchased                                   last November producing a
    friends who, at the very                                                                         quarter billion dollars to
    least, regard the Society as a
                                      immediately will be lost forever                               preserve open space—vot-
    force to be reckoned with.                                                                       ers and taxpayers put their
                                          to development or, if it can                               money where their mouths
      The acquisition of hun-                                                                        are and joined us in fighting
    dreds of acres of Pine               be preserved at all, will cost                              to save what little is left.
    Barrens land in the Carman's
                                                                                                Land not purchased imme-
    River corridor, targeted for               every one of us more.                            diately will be lost forever
    destruction by “Willy World"
    a decade ago, and the secur-                                                                to development or, if it can
    ing of 300 acres of Dwarf Pine Barrens in Westhampton be preserved at all, will cost us every one of us more. That's
    after a 20-year struggle is testimony to the success of our why we support the goal of preserving 20,000 additional
    "never say die” approach.                                   acres of open space and 16,000 acres of farmland before it's
                                                                too late. That means right now!
      Still, over-development marches on. Houses are pop-
    ping up on East End farmland like so much summer corn.        The Nature Conservancy estimates that the cost of this
    For every parcel of land preserved, developers are          effort may reach $3 billion, but acknowledges that the cost
    demanding to be allowed to build a house somewhere else of failing to accomplish Long Island's last preservation
    and they're anything but affordable. And the multi- challenge will be far greater. The Society is no stranger to
    national Broadwater Liquefied Natural Gas factory pro- doing the impossible—more than a decade ago, we were
    posed for Long Island Sound is moving ahead against given no chance to preserve the Island's premier ecosystem.
    nearly universal opposition. What gives?                    Now, it's almost done.

      I'm convinced that as Long Island approaches final       Rather than to sit on our laurels, satisfied at our tremen-
    build-out, now projected before 2015, we're facing the   dous accomplishment, we must be empowered by our suc-
    biggest tug-of-war ever as environmentalists engage in   cesses of the past and charge into Long Island's final preser-
                                                             vation challenge with energy, confidence and resolve. As
    what is literally a "fight to the finish" with the bad guys
    continuing business-as-usual in the face of obvious evi- we did in the Long Island Pine Barrens, we must preserve
    dence that Long Island was planned terribly and the eco- at least half of what little is left of Long Island's natural
    nomic and environmental consequences are staggering.     treasures. If we succeed, our pride, satisfaction and rewards
                                                             will be boundless. If we don't try, we'll never be able to
      Taxes for new government services continue to climb, explain it to our children and grandchildren.
    the Island's $4.5 billion tourism and the state's number
    one producing agriculture county is threatened with        Congratulations on preserving Long Island's Pine
    extinction. Our open space diminishes, our bays and Barrens. All of us who have been fortunate to have been
    rivers face declining water quality and now Broadwater part of it share a tremendous legacy. Let's make up our
    wants to industrialize Long Island Sound. When will the minds to finish the preservation job while we still can. Let's
    madness stop? Have we learned nothing from the over- get on with it!

                          PINE BARRENS SOCIETY PRESIDENT
                          ALAN SINGER
                         Stop Broadwater Before It’s Too Late!
         he Pine Barrens Society has been drawn into the pro-            dependency on foreign oil to a dependency on foreign LNG, sup-
         posed Broadwater Liquefied Natural Gas factory in Long          plied by many of the same foreign sources.
         Island Sound, reluctantly. We focus on drinking water
and habitat, leaving most energy matters to others. But the envi-          So Broadwater is not needed, wouldn’t supply much energy,
ronmental threat represented by Broadwater is the greatest since         would mess up the Sound, be dangerous and put off the develop-
the proposed and constructed Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant,               ment of alternative energy sources. That’s why our elected offi-
nearly a quarter century ago. No responsible environmental orga-         cials on the federal, state, county and local levels are coming out
nization (or elected official for that                                                                         against Broadwater. So, what’s
matter) can sit this one out.                                                                                  the bad news?

   On the subject of the Broadwater               Broadwater is not                                         Broadwater is moving ahead
Liquefied Natural Gas factory pro-                                                                          full tilt. That’s right!
posed for Long Island Sound, there
                                               needed, wouldn’t supply                                      Responsibility for siting
                                                                                                            LNG facilities is largely
is good news and there is bad news.         much energy, would mess up                                      the    purview       of    the
  The good news is that there is
virtually no support for it among
                                            the Sound, be dangerous and                                     Federal Energy Regulatory
                                                                                                            Commission, a faceless,
Long Island leaders and elected               put off the development of                                    Washington bureaucracy that
                                                                                                            loves LNG. New York State,
officials. The LNG that Broadwater
might supply is not needed under             alternative energy sources.                                    Connecticut and Long Island
current or foreseeable plans. Less                                                                          governments have little to say
than 20 percent of it would go to                                                                           about whether the worst pro-
Long Island, anyway. LNG has no record of reducing energy                ject since the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, gets built. To make
costs. And the Islander-East Pipeline and Neptune electrical cable       matters worse, last month, the House of Representatives failed to
assures no need for Broadwater energy.                                   address an amendment onto an energy bill, which if approved
                                                                         would give FERC complete control of the decision-making on
   In fact, the issue is not natural gas supplies at all; the issue is   Broadwater. That’s just plain wrong.
Broadwater. This untried, unproven technology calls for anchoring
a vessel the size of the Queen Mary II, just nine miles off the coast      So, despite widespread opposition to Broadwater, the project
in Long Island Sound then piping the LNG 25 miles west.                  moves frighteningly forward. The Broadwater strategy is to ask
Supertankers carrying this volatile fuel would come within a mile        everyone to take a “wait and see” approach to this dreadful pro-
of shore and even closer to Fishers Island and the Plum Island           posal until it’s too late for our opposition to make any difference.
Infectious Disease Research Center, causing concern about possi-         Responsible leaders in and out of government must move now to
ble accidents or terrorism. LNG accidents have caused hundreds           use what little influence we have to defeat Broadwater and to pre-
of deaths and more than one billion dollars in property damage.          vent any more consolidation of approval authority with FERC.
During the Democratic National Convention last year, the LNG             Long Islanders and their representatives at every level of govern-
facility in Boston was closed down, not by environmentalists but         ment must do all they can to stop Broadwater before it’s too late.
by the Office of Homeland Security.

  Nobody wants to see the industrialization of Long Island Sound.        LONG ISLAND
The Sound generates $5.5 billion in annual revenues for New York         PINE BARRENS
and Connecticut and government has recently spent more than a            SOCIETY
quarter billion dollars trying to restore to health, this nationally-
recognized estuary. If the Broadwater scheme is allowed to go for-                Officers                         Board of Directors
                                                                           Alan Singer, President            Thomas Casey • Robert McGrath
ward, how will we be able to say “No!” to the next applicants?
                                                                          Nina Leonhardt, Secretary           Adriana Niazi • Regina Seltzer
Will it be Exxon, BP, who knows? We don’t want Long Island               Vincent Scandole, Treasurer                  John Turner
Sound to look like the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana or Texas.
                                                                                         Executive Director     Richard Amper
   Then, there’s the matter of our need to develop renewable, sus-                               Editor    Julie Clark
tainable energy. While solar and wind generated electricity won’t               “We mean business about the environment”
meet all of Long Island’s energy needs today, their development           A copy of the last annual report filed with the Department of Law may be
will be delayed for as much as 30 years, if we depend instead, on         obtained by writing the Department at Office Tower, Empire State Plaza,
                                                                             Albany, NY 12242 or may be obtained directly from the Long Island
Broadwater. Moreover, it makes no sense at all to transfer our               Pine Barrens Society, Box 429, Manorville, New York 11949-9801.

Eagle Scout Project: Appreciation of Pine Barrens Preserve
  An Eagle Scout candidate from Boy Scouts of America Troop 4            woodlands      that
in Brookhaven, has completed an ambitious public education dis-          have been perma-
play to inform Long Islanders about Long Island’s premier                nently preserved.
ecosystem. As a result, he earned scouting’s top honor June 5.
                                                                            Then, he raised
  Brian Ljungqvist, 16, conceived, designed and constructed an           the needed funds
elaborate information kiosk located at the Rocky Point Preserve, a       and put together a
5000-acre forest in the Core Preservation Area of the Long Island        construction team
Pine Barrens. The Pine Barrens sits atop the greatest quantities of      to build a weather
the purest drinking water on Long Island and boast the greatest          proof display that
diversity of plant and animal species anywhere in New York State.        will help Long
                                                                         Islanders who visit
   Ljungqvist envisioned a verbal and visual display at the              the Pine Barrens
                                                  entrance to the pre-   better appreciate
                                                  serve on the north     the ecosystem. “We
                                                  side of Whiskey        hear a lot of people A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS:
                                                  Road, just a mile      talk about the Pine Eagle Scout candidate assembles informational
                                                  east of Rocky Point                            kiosk at Rocky Point Preserve.
                                                                         Barrens, but Brian
                                                  Road in northern       has taken affirmative action to do something about them.
                                                  Brookhaven.       He   His project will help Long Islanders understand and appreciate
                                                  researched the pro-    this natural treasure, so that everyone will become better stewards
                                                  ject, assembled the    of the land,” said Pine Barrens Society Executive Director,
                                                  needed pictures of     Richard Amper.
                                                  the plants and ani-
                                                  mal species found        Only three percent of all Boy Scouts make it to the rank
                                                  in the Pine Barrens    of Eagle.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED: Brian Ljungvist and created the text
is congratulated for his interpretive kiosk which to explain the sig-      “Brian is an inspiration to other young people who, after all, will
he designed and constructed at the Rocky Point nificance of the          inherit this special place, long after most of us are gone,” Amper
Pine Barrens Preserve. He earned scouting’s top                          concluded.
honor, the rank of Eagle Scout.                   pitch pine/scrub oak

               Long Island Power Authority to be Honored
      Society Cites Energy Conservation & Alternative Energy Programs
  The Long Island Pine Barrens             "Environmental Achievement Award"
Society will honor the Long Island         will go to Black Sheep Television
Power Authority for its programs of        for its support of the Society's envi-
Energy Conservation and Alternative        ronmental education and advocacy
Energy at its 28th Anniversary             programs. Black Sheep Television's
Environmental Awards Gala. The             work includes production of Public
event will be held Thursday, October 6     Service Announcements for regional
at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage        broadcast, campaign ads for environ-
State Park.                                mental projects and production
                                           of the Society's monthly cable
   LIPA was selected for its efforts to    television program.
encourage energy conservation
through consumer education and mar-          Michael Faltischek of Ruskin,
ketplace incentives. In addition, LIPA     Moscou and Faltischek, will serve as
is being recognized for its efforts to     the Event Chairman. Past honorees
develop alternative sources of energy      include Newsday, KeySpan, Governor
including solar, wind and other fuels.     George Pataki, Senator Chuck
                                           Schumer, State Senator Ken LaValle
  "We cannot depend exclusively and        and State Assemblymen Thomas
forever on burning fossil fuels, " said    DiNapoli, Steve Englebright and Fred
Pine Barrens Society President Alan        Thiele. Sponsorship, tables and tickets
Singer who will present the Society's      can be arranged by calling Phoebe            GALA SITE: The Long Island Pine Barrens Society will
award for "Outstanding Contribution        Loris at (631) 369-3300.                     hold its 28th Anniversary Environmental Awards Gala,
to Long Island's Environment," at this                                                  October 6 at Carlyle of the Green at Bethpage State Park.
year's gala. The organization's

   The Long Island Pine Barrens                                                                      less than a decade to obtain the goal of
Society will get a “new look”                                                                        protecting 20,000 additional acres of
this summer with the updating of                                                                     open space and 16,000 additional acres
its institutional identity. Created                                                                  of farmland.
in 1977, the Society used the
Heath Hen, extinct on Long                                                                           The newsletter will be renamed, “The
                                                                                                     Pine Barrens Today,” featuring a more
Island, as part of its earliest pub-
                                                                                                     contemporary design. At the same time,
lication. Its slogan was,
                                                                                                     the Society’s web site,,
“Dedicated to the preservation                                                                       will be similarly re-designed with a
and understanding of Long                                                                            more modern look.
Island’s Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak
Woodlands.”                                                                                         “The Society’s role evolves over the
                                       YESTERDAY: The “Thicket,” TODAY: The “Pine Line,”            years and its audience expands and
  In 1989, a new logo was intro-       PBS’s earliest newsletter. will get a new look in the fall.  grows younger,” said PBS President,
duced to illustrate the location of the Central Pine Barrens. It will    Alan Singer. “It’s our job to communicate effectively at all times,
be retained. The slogan was changed to, “We mean business                so our approach changes, even as our purposes and principles
about the environment.”                                                  remain the same.”
   The slogan will be replaced on September 1 with the declara-            This will be the last edition of the newsletter in its present form.
tion, “Preservation: Now or Never,” to reflect the Society’s cur-        As it did when the format changed in 1989, the newsletter will
rent challenge. With final build-out of Long Island expected             retain its edition volume and number system. It will continue to be
before 2015, the organization and other environmentalists have           published three times per year, free to members.

  The Pine Barrens Society has recruited         executive committee and education coordi-       Green Campus Initiative. As a Long Island
three new staff members. They will replace       nator the New Zealand Hydrological              native, Jennifer plans to stick around the
two graduates of the Society’s Successful        Society and is a member of several other        island and tackle important issues in the
Fellowship Program Kamila Hanclich and           environmental and professional societies.       environmental arena.
Jane Geary, and Project Coordinator
Jeannine Schroeder.                              Summer Intern, Jennifer Hartnagel, comes        As an environmental studies major current-
                                                 to us as a graduate student from SUNY           ly attending Binghamton University,
  Phoebe Loris has become a full-time,           Environmental Science and Forestry in           Michael Schiano's interest in the environ-
permanent Project Coordinator. Jennifer          Syracuse, New York. She is a Master of          ment is obvious.
Hartnagel has become a full-time Summer          Science candidate and holds her concentra-
Intern, and Michael Schiano has become a                                                         What is not quite so obvious, even to
                                                 tion in Environmental Communication and
part-time Summer Intern. The Society wel-                                                        Michael himself, is where this interest will
                                                 Participatory Processes. Jennifer graduated
comes these new staff additions.                                                                 lead him. He has put in hours of fieldwork
                                                 from James Madison University in May of         in forestry and agriculture, and also
Phoebe Loris, a native New Yorker, gradu-        2004 with a Bachelors degree in                 interned at Binghamton University as a
ated from Long Island University's C.W.          Geography. She has held a previous intern-      teaching assistant. He is eager to help the
Post Campus with a Bachelor of Science in        ship with New York State Parks, Recreation      Pine Barrens Society in their efforts-and
Geology. She worked as a hydrogeologist          and Historic Preservation and has also been     hopes that the Pine Barrens can help him to
on Long Island before heading to New             active in SUNY ESF's student organization,      discover what the future might hold for
Zealand on a Fulbright                                                                                           someone interested in
Graduate Scholarship in                                                                                          environmental studies.
1998. While in New
Zealand, Phoebe completed                                                                                         Besides     environmental
Masters degree with a spe-                                                                                        pursuits, Michael is inter-
cialization in hydrogeology                                                                                       ested in writing, music,
in 2000, and worked in                                                                                            digital art and movies.
public, private and non-                                                                                          Michael enjoys working
profit organizations before                                                                                       with people and hopes that
returning to New York in                                                                                          his work with the Pine
2005. She has served as an                                                                                        Barrens Society will help
elected member of the                                                                                             to make a difference.
                                Phoebe Loris                  Michael Schiano          Jennifer Hartnagel



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