Save the Date: Flat Rock jack pine 2018 wildfire workshop and field trip
September 13th-14th, 2019 near Altona, NY (upstate)
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The site is amazing and literally unlike any other pine barrens – a 3,000-acre contiguous jack pine heath barrens growing on <3 inches of organic matter on top of a largely exposed sandstone pavement. Understory is a continuous carpet of blueberry and huckleberry, with sphagnum and cotton grass bogs scattered throughout. The site is owned by the state and a private research facility, The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute. Miner has a cooperative agreement with SUNY Plattsburgh, which has spent decades studying and using the site for research. The site is ~15 miles north of Plattsburgh. The 2018 fire was >500 acres and covered both state and Miner properties.
The state lands are managed by the NY DEC Division of Lands and Forests, but fire protection and law enforcement is done by the NY DEC Forest Rangers. Miner also has their own limited management staff, and there are a variety of SUNY professors studying all aspects of the site, including the effects of the wildfire.