Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
White-tailed Deer and Vegetation Management Plan (Deer-Veg Plan/EIS)
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a White-tailed Deer and Vegetation Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Deer-Veg Plan/EIS) for Fire Island National Seashore. The purpose of the Deer-Veg Plan/EIS is to address issues associated with the abundance, distribution, and behavior of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) within park boundaries. The issues include impacts from deer on the natural and cultural resources of the Seashore, as well as impacts resulting from deer-human interactions. Your participation is vital to our planning process. The formal scoping period for the Deer-Veg Plan/EIS ended on July 31, 2011. The information gathered during the formal scoping period was used by planners as they progressed to the next stage of the process, the development of preliminary management alternatives.
The Draft Fire Island National Seashore White-tailed Deer and Vegetation Management Plan/EIS is expected to be available for public review and comment by summer/fall 2013. Public meetings will be conducted at that time.
Whenever possible, natural processes are relied upon to maintain native plant and animal species and influence natural fluctuations in populations of these species. The National Park Service may intervene when certain criteria are met. (2006 Management Policies, Chapter 4, Section 4.4.2)
Fire Island National Seashore's objective is to determine what management actions are needed in order to keep the deer population within a range that will not significantly impact natural populations of vegetation within the boundaries of the park.
For More Information
Follow the progress at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web site for Fire Island National Seashore White-tailed Deer and Vegetation Management Plan
Did You Know?
Whales and other marine mammals live in the ocean south of Fire Island. Occasionally, they are can be spotted from shore, and rarely a dead whale will wash ashore. More...