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Latest News

We Need Help from ... 9/25/17

We are looking for neighbors that live within half a mile of the preserve to help track changing weather patterns by measuring the depth of snow in their own backyard.

Endangered Karner ... 7/20/17

Twenty-five years after being federally listed as endangered, the APB population of the Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals for the local population.

FAQs

Why is there prescribed fire?

This dry, sandy area is a fire dependent ecosystem and needs periodic burning to survive. The Commission uses carefully set controlled burns to mimic the effects of natural wildfires that can no longer occur due to the development of the area. Click here to watch a video about prescribed fire.


How do I become a member?

Friends of the Pine Bush Community, Inc. is an incorporated “501c3” membership organization formed for the purpose of supporting the activities of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission as stewards of the Preserve. There is a donation box in the gift shop. Find more information about becoming a member here.

Why?

The Commission is managing the Preserve to ensure the long term health and viability of the pitch pine-scrub oak barrens ecosystem, the recovery of the endangered Karner blue butterfly, and the conservation of more than 45 other rare plant and animal species.

 

How?

Science is the keystone to restoring and maintaining a viable Preserve, recovering the endangered Karner blue butterfly and conserving wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Commission scientists work with state and federal wildlife agency staff and academic partners to identify and evaluate natural resource management strategies and improve ecosystem management techniques.