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DEC Conducted Prescribed Fires On Otis Pike Preserve

Town of Riverhead
Suffolk County

On April 11 and April 16, Forest Rangers, with the assistance of a multi-agency fire crew, conducted prescribed fires on the Otis Pike Preserve. A total of 38 acres were treated through prescribed fire. Staff from DEC’s Divisions of Forest Protection, Fish and Wildlife, and Lands and Forests came together with DEC volunteers and Central Pine Barrens Commission staff to safely execute the burns. Both burns were done for the purposes of top killing invading woody shrubs and pitch pines invading the fields to maintain and promote habitat for grassland nesting birds.