• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

Science Synthesis Papers & Other Recent Scientific Reports

Operating under a formal agreement with the National Park Service, a network of Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs) provides research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers. In 2005, the North Atlantic Coast CESU published a series of Science Synthesis Papers to support the preparation of a new General Management Plan for Fire Island National Seashore.

The Coastal Geomorphology of Fire Island: A Portrait of Continuity and Change
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/021
by Norbert P. Psuty, Michele Grace, and Jeffrey P. Pace, Rutgers University
September 2005

Bay Shoreline Physical Processes, Fire Island
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/020
by Karl F. Nordstrom, Rutgers University
Nancy L. Jackson, New Jersey Institute of Technology
September 2005

Water Quality and Ecology of Great South Bay
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/019
by Kenneth R. Hinga, University of Rhode Island
September 2005

Conservation and Management of the Living Marine Resources of Fire Island National Seashore
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/023
by David O. Conover, Robert Cerrato, and William Wise, Stony Brook University
December 2005

Vector-borne Diseases on Fire Island, New York
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/018
by Howard S. Ginsberg, University of Rhode Island
September 2005

White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management on Fire Island
(Fire Island National Seashore Science Synthesis Paper)
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2005/022
by H. Brian Underwood
USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
September 2005
 

Additional Natural Resources Reports and Technical Reports are also produced by or for the National Park Service.

Assessment of Natural Resource Conditions: Fire Island National Seashore
Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/NRR-2009/139
by Anne McElroy, Mark Benotti, Gregory Edinger, Aissa Feldmann, Christine O'Connell, Gillian Stewart, R. Lawrence Swanson, and John Waldman
August 2009

Human Interaction with the Coastal Geomorphology of Fire Island
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2008/132
by Norbert P. Psuty and Tanya M. Silveira
September 2008

Land Regulation at Fire Island National Seashore, History and Analysis, 1964 - 2004
by Ned Kaufman and Charles Stark
September 2008

Anthropogenic influences on the dune/beach morphology of a moderately developed barrier island: Fire Island, New York
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2008/131
by Meredith G. Kratzmann and Cheryl J. Hapke
October 2008

A Review of Sediment Budget Estimations at Fire Island National Seashore
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2008/114
by Erika E. Lentz, Cheryl J. Hapke, and William C. Schwab
March 2008

The Role of Disturbance in the Long-Term Viability of a Coastal Maritime Forest Fragment

Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR 2008 104
by Jodi A. Forrester, Donald J. Leopold and H. Brian Underwood
January 2008

Deer, People and Parks: Perspectives of Residents in Communities Near Fire Island National Seashore
HDRU Series Publication 07-8
by William F. Siemer, Kirsten M. Leong, Daniel J. Decker, and Karlene K. Smith
December 2007

Identifying Capacity for Local Community Participation in Wildlife Management Planning; Case 1: White-tailed Deer Issues at Fire Island National Seashore
HDRU Series Publication 07-1
by Kirsten M. Leong and Daniel J. Decker, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University,
February 2007

Evaluation of Marsh Development Processes at Fire Island National Seashore: Recent and Historic Perspectives
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2007/089
by C. T. Roman, J.W. King, D. R. Cahoon, J.C. Lynch, and P.G. Appleby
July 2007

Recommendations for a Barrier Island Breach Management Plan for Fire Island National Seashore, including the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness Area, Long Island, New York
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2007/075
by S. J. Williams and M. K. Foley, National Park Service
February 2007

Ethnographic Overview and Assessment, Fire Island National Seashore
by Setha M. Low and Dana H. Taplin
July 2006

Historical and Recent Shoreline Changes, Impacts of Moriches Inlet, and Relevance to Island Breaching at Fire Island National Seashore, NY
by James R. Allen, Charles L. LaBash and Peter V. August, and Norbert P. Psuty
April 2002

 

Other recent publications provide valuable background information to help you better understand the resources and natural processes of Fire Island National Seashore.

Long Island's Dynamic South Shore: A Primer on the Forces and Trends Shaping Our Coast
New York Sea Grant: J. Tanski
November 2007

Additional comprehensive research and studies have been conducted by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to identify, evaluate and recommend long-term solutions for hurricane and storm damage reduction for homes and businesses within the floodplain extending along 83-miles of ocean and bay shorelines from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point. This study area includes the shoreline of Fire Island National Seashore.

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