• 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

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

1977 General Management Plan

Fire Island National Seashore's current General Management Plan was published in late 1977, and signed (with an addendum) in March 1978, as a result of planning efforts which began in July 1975.

Fire Island National Seashore was established on September 11, 1964. The park's first planning document was prepared in 1965 and adopted in 1967. Additional plans were initiated in 1971, before work on the current plan began in July 1975.

Funding was received in 2006 to start the planning process again for Fire Island National Seashore.


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Cover, Contents, Figures, Tables (pp. i-v) (9,650 PDF)

Introduction (pp. 1-4 ) page 4 is blank (8,813 KB PDF)

Existing Conditions
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Fire Island (pp. 7-16)
The Region (pp. 17-19)

General Management Plan
Planning Premises (pp. 21 - 23) page 22 is blank
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Management Objectives (pp. 24-28) ( 3,195 KB PDF)
Resources Management (pp. 29-42) ( 1,581 KB PDF)

Land Classification (pp. 43-62 ) pages 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 are blank ( 7,356 KB PDF)

Federal Activity Areas (pp. 63-83 ) pages 66, 68, 70 are blank (4,608 KB PDF)

Interpretation (pp. 84-89) (222 KB PDF)

Access and Transportation (pp. 90-99) page 94 is blank (808 KB PDF)

Land-Use Controls Within Fire Island Communities (pp. 100-107) ( 178 KB PDF)

Land Acquisition (pp. 108-113) page 112 is blank ( 807 KB PDF)

Regional and Cooperative Planning Needs (pp. 114-117) page 118 is blank ( 90 KB PDF)

Appendixes/Selected Bibliography/Planning Team (pp. 119 - 148) p.120 is blank (617 KB PDF)

Appendix A: Fire Island Area Parks Annual Visitation (p. 121) (37 KB PDF)
Appendix B: Regional and Subregional Recreational Acreage (p. 122) (32 KB PDF)
Appendix C: Outstanding Natural and Cultural Resources of Fire Island National Seashore and Vicinity (p. 123-125) (97 KB PDF)
Appendix D: Trends in Development of Fire Island Communities 1928-1973 (p. 126) (44 KB PDF)
Appendix E: Legislation (p. 127-132) (403 KB PDF)
Selected Bibliography (p. 133-144) (495 KB PDF)
Planning Team, Consultants, and Contributors (p. 145-148) back cover is blank (94 KB PDF)

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  • Addendum to 1977 Fire Island National Seashore General Management Plan
    March, 1978

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Did You Know?

Piping Plover on sandy beach.

The Piping Plover is one of Fire Island National Seashore's threatened and endangered species. It makes its nest above the high tide line on clean, undeveloped beaches in the early spring. Chicks are fledged by late summer. More...