Long Island is full of beautiful places, and Old Field is one of them, so today we decided to take a trip out to the lighthouse to get this hallmark style shot with our drone.


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A video of the ice moving between Fire Island Lighthouse and Captree State Park..



Photo taken on D7100 before the video was shot

A small flyby of the frozen Shinnecock Bay as well as the Frozen Shinnecock Inlet and Ponqougue Beach.


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I decided to take the drone out today and captured this amazing video of the Peconic River frozen!

Date: December 22, 2017

Contact: Daphne Yun, 718-354-4602

The National Park Service is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures and land at Fort Tilden East and Riis Landing in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. This Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) invites plans that include opportunities for multiple day experiences and overnight accommodations in the forms of both lodging and camping as well as improved transportation and access.

“The National Park Service is looking for the right partner(s) to join us and envision a new beginning for this area,” said Jen Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. “We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to build on the growing popularity of the Rockaways and Fort Tilden.”

The RFEI (www.nps.gov/gate) was published on December 22, 2017. Submissions are due by February 23, 1 p.m. (EST). Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations are welcome to submit proposals. All legal uses will be considered. Interested respondents can submit questions and arrange site visits by emailing e-mail us.

About Fort Tilden East

Fort Tilden served as a U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post from World War I through the Cold War. It protected the entrance to the New York Harbor from naval attacks during World Wars I and II. During the Cold War Fort Tilden protected the New York City area with Nike Missiles, both the Nike Ajax and the Nike Hercules. The Army transferred Fort Tilden to the National Park Service in 1974, when it became part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

About Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway is a large diverse urban park with 27,000 acres in New York City and New Jersey. Gateway combines recreational activities with natural beauty, wildlife preservation, military history and more. Visitors can learn about forts, hike, or camp overnight in the New York metropolitan area. Gateway encourages visitors to be a part of the National Park Service’s next 100 years. For more information about Gateway visit our website at www.nps.gov/gate.


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News Release Date: December 19, 2017
Contact: Kaetlyn Jackson, 631-687-4770

Patchogue, NY – The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that the the Final Fire Island Wilderness Breach Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Final Breach Plan/EIS) is now available online. A final decision on the plan will be made after a required 30-day no action period.  The Final Breach Plan/EIS identifies No Human Intervention Unless Established Criteria are Exceeded (Alternative 3 in the plan), as the NPS preferred alternative for managing the breach that formed within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Final Breach Plan/EIS evaluates the impacts of all alternatives considered in the plan, and responds to public and agency comments received on the Draft Breach Plan/EIS during the 45-day comment period which began in October, 2016.A final decision on the Final Breach Plan/EIS will be documented through a Record of Decision signed by the Northeast Regional Director Gay Vietzke at least 30 days from the publication of the plan in the Federal Register. Notice of the decision will be announced through press release and on www.nps.gov/FIIS.The Draft Breach Plan/EIS evaluated the impacts of three alternatives for the management of the wilderness breach. The Wilderness Act requires the wilderness breach to be managed in a way that preserves wilderness character. The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Act, the legislation that established the Fire Island Wilderness, permits the NPS to close the breach in order “to prevent loss of life, flooding, and other severe economic and physical damage to the Great South Bay and surrounding areas.” These management directives and public and agency comments guided the development of the management plan and the NPS decision to recommend Alternative 3 for selection.Planning documents, including the Draft and Final Breach Management Plans/EISs  are available online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. For more information on the wilderness breach please visit: https://www.nps.gov/fiis/learn/nature/breaches.htm.

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Date: December 21, 2017
Contact: Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby, 215-597-7062
PATCHOGUE, NY. The National Park Service (NPS) released a prospectus today for a concession opportunity at Fire Island National Seashore’s Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas.

The concession operation includes marinas, food and beverage service, and retail sales at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, and campground services at Watch Hill. The Watch Hill Marina has 188 boat slips; the marina at Sailors Haven has 44 boat slips. The food and beverage service at Watch Hill includes indoor seating with potential for 100+ seats and space for outdoor service. Food and beverage is offered at Sailors Haven via window service. All concession services are open to the public.

The proposed Concession Contract will be for a term of ten years and is anticipated to begin in 2019.The current contract averaged just over $1 million gross receipts per year from 2013 through 2015. Complete data is unavailable for the most recent years of the contract. The Prospectus and any subsequent modifications – including responses to any questions received – are published on the NPS web site: https://concessions.nps.gov/prospectuses.htm.
The Prospectus includes additional information about the business opportunity, the evaluation questions, and instructions for submitting proposals. The NPS will accept proposals until March 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM eastern time.

The National Park Service will offer a site visit on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 for facilities included in the concession opportunity for Fire Island National Seashore at its Watch Hill and Sailors Haven locations.

Participants are responsible for travel costs to the meeting place, and may also be responsible for transportation costs to Fire Island and back, such as purchasing ferry tickets. Depending upon the level of response, the Service may limit the number of participants per organization. If you are interested in attending this site visit, contact Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby, Business Services Manager via email at Kathleen_Karhnak-Glasby@nps.gov by 4:00 pm on Thursday January 4, 2018, with the names and contact information for those planning to attend. The Service will then provide you with the time and other information for participating.

Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are located within Fire Island National Seashore approximately 6 miles across the bay from Patchogue and Sayville, NY, respectively. There are no paved roads on Fire Island connecting Watch Hill and Sailors Haven to each other. Both locations can be reached via ferry (Davis Park Ferry Company for Watch Hill; Sayville Ferry Company for Sailors Haven), private boat, water taxi or on foot from nearby communities on Fire Island. Ferry terminals are accessible by the Long Island Railroad and car.
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The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) invites New Yorkers to celebrate the New Year exploring the outdoors at one of the 75 hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas and trails across the Empire State. The guided hikes are being hosted by New York State Parks and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of the seventh annual First Day Hikes program taking place throughout the nation on January 1, 2018.

“First Day Hikes have become a popular outdoor tradition for families and friends; a healthy way to kick off the New Year amidst the stunning beauty of our state’s most scenic natural backdrops, said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “This year’s program includes an expanded variety of winter walks and hikes, and is the perfect reminder that New York’s parks are open year-round, offering world-class recreation and enjoyment for people with varying interests and abilities.”

Hikes are being offered at 14 DEC wildlife areas, Forest Preserve trails and environmental educations centers and 59 state parks and historic sites with some facilities offering multiple hikes for different age groups, skill level and destinations within the park. Staff from State Parks and DEC, along with volunteers at many sites, will lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Start the New Year off on the right foot by participating in the popular annual First Day Hike at one of New York’s magnificent outdoor destinations. DEC is proud to partner with State Parks to help New Yorkers of all ages and abilities enjoy this growing tradition, which brings friends and families together in our State’s great outdoors.”

A sample of this year’s programs feature a seal walk, walking history tour, snowshoe waterfall hike, pet-friendly treks, gorge walks, military musicology, canal towpath walk and more. New entries for 2018 include a bird survey, full-moon hike, mountain trails, views from a fire tower, and a walk through a maritime forest.

“America’s State Parks provide havens for young and old alike to discover the tranquility and beauty of nature through outdoor recreation,” National Association of State Park Directors Executive Director Lewis Ledford said. “Hiking offers inspiring ways to improve your physical and mental health, while exploring beautiful public lands in every state.”

If weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Many host sites will be offering refreshments, giveaways and a drawing for a 2018 annual Empire Pass. A list of the following hikes, and details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain, registration requirements and additional information are listed at https://parks.ny.gov/events/first-day-hikes.aspx

NYS Parks in the area:

NYC & Long Island

Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; 10am; 516.249.3560
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, Lloyd Neck; 1pm; 631.581.1072
Clay Pit Ponds, Staten Island; 1pm; 718.605.3970 x201
Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale; 1pm; 631.581.1072
Hallock State Park Preserve, Wading River; 12pm; 631.315.5475
Jones Beach State Park, Wantaugh; 1:30-3pm; 516.780.3295
Montauk Point State, Montauk; 1:30pm; 631.668.5000 x201
Mount Loretto Unique Area; Staten Island; 10am; 718.313.8591
Ridge Conservation Area, Ridge; 9am; 631.444.0200
Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park; 1pm;631.581.1072


Source: https://parks.ny.gov/newsroom/press-releases/release.aspx?r=1395

Southold Township has won a grant proposal of $120,000 to continue its Peconic Bay to Long Island Sound integrated trails initiative. The funds from the grant is to go towards removing dilapidated buildings and debris from any waterfront property, planting new native plants and tree’s as well as the creation of a 0.3 mile trail that would allow the public access to the site and its adjacent tidal creek. The 0.3 mile trail will connect to previously constructed trails and would be an addition to the Long Island Sound to Peconic Bay trail system.


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