• 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.

Climate Friendly Planning

Climate Friendly Parks / Clean Marina Initiative
In 2008, Fire Island National Seashore joined the Climate Friendly Parks Program (CFP). A collaboration of the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this program provides national parks with comprehensive support, management tools and resources to address climate change both within park boundaries and in surrounding communities.

The Climate Friendly Park program is expected to:

  • measure park-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • develop sustainable strategies to mitigate these emissions and to adapt to climate change impacts, and
  • educate the public about these efforts.

In 2009, Fire Island National Seashore completed its CFP Action Plan, and has begun to initiate components within the park's means.

 
Watch Hill Marina at sunset.

Fire Island National Seashore facilities include public marinas at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven.

The Clean Marina Program initiated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is also expected to be implemented at Fire Island National Seashore in 2008.

In addition to the National Park Service operated marinas, there are municipal and privately owned marinas within the boundaries of the park on Fire Island.

 

Learn More
You may learn more about climate change and its impact on National Parks around the country by perusing the following sites:

 

Planning for Today and Tomorrow
Fire Island National Seashore is in the middle of its general management planning (GMP) process, which began in the summer of 2006.

Principles of the Climate Friendly Park program and sustainable design will be incorporated into future plans for Fire Island National Seashore facilities.

Park staff and partners are also committed to implementing best practices and creating a more sustainable future today.

Did You Know?

Deer standing in thicket of shrubs.

In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...