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.
GMP Foundation Documents
As a standard component of a park's general management planning process, park managers and planners pause to reflect on the very foundation upon which a unit of the National Park System (NPS) was established. This starts with a review of the park's enabling legislation, relevant laws and policies, and its latest general management plan (1977 GMP), followed by a period of public scoping.
At Fire Island National Seashore, several meetings and workshops over the past years have also contributed to the planning process. Listed below are links to the reports and newsletters generated:
In the summer of 2006, Fire Island National Seashore undertook a civic engagement project in advance of the park's new GMP. This report summarizes the results and conveys the spirit generated from this historic meeting between the park and its community stakeholders.
A Stakeholders' Foundation Workshop was conducted by the National Park Service in June 2007. This workshop was planned as an opportunity for the GMP planning team to solicit input from a variety of citizens representing a range of communities and interest groups.
Approximately 40 people attended the two-day event. These included community leaders, property and business owners, elected officials, municipal employees, and representatives from friends groups and environmental organizations.
Several additional workshops were conducted from December 2007 through March 2008.
This newsletter describes draft proposed management alternatives for the park. Public input is critical at this point to assist the National Park Service in refining the alternatives for presentation in a formal Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS), and the identification of the NPS preferred alternative.
September/October 2010: Public Comments on GMP Newsletter 2
This report presents the findings of a visual evaluation involving the participation of hundreds of Fire Island residents to consider what physical qualities and characteristics contribute to making Fire Island the distinctive place that it is. The Vision Fire Island Photo Scavenger Hunt was conducted from late summer 2009 through early January 2010.
Did You Know?
Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore were interested in its establishment to ensure that a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island would not be constructed. More...