Field Trip: Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens

  • Brookhaven, NY

Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens

Long Island’s Pine Barrens evolved as an extraordinary ecosystem dependent on fire. Today, the natural processes are altered by human communities, fire suppression and safety efforts, and threats such as the southern pine beetle. Join us for an evening discussion, panel presentations, and afternoon field trip exploring the challenges and opportunities for keeping the pine in the Pine Barrens.

  • May 3-4, 2017 -Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Register Here!

May 3rd evening event: FREE
May 4th panels and field trip: $10.00
Directions to BNL:

1. Please be aware that you MUST have a current ID with you to be admitted onto BNL grounds.
2. Space is limited on the field trip. Please contact Amanda Mahaffey ( immediately if you have registered for, but are unable to attend, the May 4 afternoon field trip.

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00-8:00PM
Fire Management in the Wildland-Urban Interface
An evening conversation featuring:
Tim Kelly, Deputy Fire Chief, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Tom Gerber, Section Warden, New Jersey Division of Forestry, Forest Fire Service
Alex Entrup, Senior Specialist, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, LLC

Thursday May 4, 7:30AM-4:00PM
7:30 a.m.        Participants begin arriving at BNL
8:15 a.m.         Registration
8:45 a.m.        Welcome
9:00 a.m.        Panel 1: Restoring Pine in the Pine Barrens
Bill Patterson III, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Neil Gifford, Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

Tim Simmons, Conservation Ecologist
10:45 a.m.      Break
11:00 a.m.      Panel 2: Fuel Hazard Reduction and the Southern Pine Beetle
John Nowak, Entomologist and Southern Pine Beetle Program Manager, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Kenneth Clark, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
12:10 p.m.       Joint Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m.      Lunch on your own in Bruckner Hall
1:15 p.m.         Depart for field trip
1:30 p.m.        Field trip – field site discussion on the impacts and benefits of fire
3:45 p.m.       Wrap-up, evaluation
4:00 p.m.      Conclusion 

Lodging is available.  Anyone wanting to stay at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) will need to register with BNL as a Guest.  The rooms are dorm style rooms which consists of a private room and shared bath. Go to to register.  Participants need to specify they are coming for this meeting. The host department/division is Environmental Protection Division. Host is Kathy Schwager.
Alternatively, the Hampton Inn in Farmingville (LIE Exit 63) has discounted rate for BNL guests.

Additionally, the Hyatt Place in Riverhead has government rooms available: