What is a breach?
Tracking Breach Change
Since the occurrence of the wilderness breach, the National Park Service (NPS) has worked with its partners to monitor the breach, which is a relatively stable but dynamic natural feature.
How are breaches managed?
Three breaches opened during Hurricane Sandy on the barrier islands along Long Island's south shore. Two were closed immediately after the storm.
The NPS has been engaged in a public planning process to decide how best to manage the breach which occurred in Fire Island National Seashore's wilderness. The Fire Island Wilderness Breach Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement was initiated in 2015. The release of the final plan is expected in December, 2017. No sooner than 30 days after the release of the final plan, the NPS Northeast Regional Director must sign a Record of Decision to complete the planning process before the Seashore can implement the plan.