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Focus Questions


Topic: Environmental Issues
Open Space Preservation

1. What is considered open space?
2. Why is it important to preserve open space
3. What is the area known as the Long Island Central Pine Barrens and what is its significance?
4. What areas on Long Island have been preserved as open space?
5. How well is open space being preserved?
6. What programs and initiatives currently exist to preserve open space on Long Island?
7. What is 'Long Island's Last Stand' and what is it trying to accomplish?
8. What do Long Islanders think about preserving open space?
9. What else can we do to preserve open space on Long Island?
10. What did the environment of Long Island look like before development and suburban sprawl?

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E-Links for Focus Questions

1. What is considered open space?

United States Environmental Protection Agency:
http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/openspace.html

LandScope America:
http://www.landscope.org/explore/open_space_101/

Smart Growth Online:
http://www.smartgrowth.org/principles/open_space.php

Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce:
http://lafchamber.org/SmartGrowth/Principle-6-Preserve-Open-Space

Long Island Pine Barrens Society:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/preserve.php

Department of Environmental Conservation:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html

Long Island Sound Study:
http://longislandsoundstudy.net/2010/07/open-space/



2. Why is it important to preserve open space?

United States Department of Agriculture:
http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/index.html
http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/Open_Spaces_broch_rnd5.pdf

D&R Greenway Land Trust:
http://www.drgreenway.org/why_preserve.html

The Bodine Street Community Garden:
http://bodinestreetgarden.org/why-protect-urban-green-space/

Office of the State Comptroller (New York):
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/openspacepreserv10.pdf

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/osp09complete.pdf

Land Of.org:
http://www.landof.org/preserve.html


3. What is the area known as the Long Island Central Pine Barrens
and what is its significance?

New York State’s Central Pine Barrens:
http://pb.state.ny.us

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/placesweprotect/longisland/wherewework/long-island-central-pine-barrens.xml

Long Island Pine Barrens Society:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/nationaltreasure.php

Bridge to the Barrens:
http://www.bridgetothebarrens.org/saved.html


4. What areas on Long Island have been preserved as open space?

Governor Andrew Cuomo:
http://www.governor.ny.gov/042211pinebarrens
http://pb.state.ny.us/press_releases/governor/pr_19980622.pdf

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/placesweprotect/longisland/wherewework/long-island-big-woods-preserve.xml

Nassau County:
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/wheretogo/preserves/index.html

Suffolk County Government:
http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Parks/CranberryBogNaturePreserve.phpx http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Parks.phpx

The New NY Works for Long Island:
http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/long-island/102412/pipes-cove

The Sag Harbor Express:
http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/our-town/success-of-preservation-14331

Long Island Pine Barrens Society:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/pdfs/White%20Paper/Complete%20White%20Paper%20with%20covers%206.09.pdf


5. How well is open space being preserved?

Long Island Index:
http://www.longislandindex.org/explore/28c0076b-6f6c-4444-8659-c4c6f6a66dd8

Long Island Exchange:
http://www.longislandexchange.com/press/2013/01/31/bellone-supports-plan-to-strengthen-suffolks-open-space-program/

Long Island.com:
http://www.longisland.com/parks/

Long Island Farm Bureau:
http://www.lifb.com/NEWSISSUES/LandPreservation/tabid/73/Default.phpx

Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/conservationists-li-preserved-less-open-space-in-2009-1.1872427

Long Island Open Space Planning Guide:
http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/publications/Local_Open_Space_Planning_Guide.pdf

Long Island Business News:
http://libn.com/2011/10/12/suffolk-buys-450-acres-to-preserve-open-space/

The Daily Green:
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/open-space-47030101

Long Island Pine Barrens Society:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/openspace.php
http://www.pinebarrens.org/pdfs/White%20Paper/PBS%20Open%20Space%20Report%202011.pdf
http://www.pinebarrens.org/pdfs/White%20Paper/2012%20LIPBS%20White%20Paper.pdf

Space Preservation.org:
http://spacepreservation.org/wordpress/


6. What programs and initiatives currently exist to preserve open space on Long Island?

Long Island Pine Barrens Society:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/pbsact.php

The Daily Green:
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/open-space-47030101

Long Island Regional Comprehensive Sustainability:
http://www.lirpc.org/3.2010-12-02_LI2035StrategiesReport.pdf

Cleaner Greener Long Island Regional Sustainability Plan Appendix
http://www.cleanergreenerli.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CGLI_Plan_Final_Appendix_May2013_rev.pdf

Long Island Trail Lovers Coalition:
http://www.litlc.org/stewardship/about.htm

United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water:
http://water.epa.gov/resource_performance/performance/upload/2009-NWBestPractices-3-LongIslandSound-AcquisitionandProtection.pdf

Open Space Institute:
http://www.osiny.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Issues_Farms

New York Environmental Organizations:
http://www.eco-usa.net/orgs/ny.phpl

North Shore Land Alliance, Inc.:
http://www.northshorelandalliance.org/work.htm


7. What is 'Long Island's Last Stand' and what is it trying to accomplish?

Long Island’s Last Stand:
http://www.sigraphics.com/art/newart/LILastStandReport09.pdf

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/explore/long-island-long-islands-last-stand.xml

Hamptons Online:
http://www.hamptons.com/Community/For-The-Record/7528/Long-Islands-Last-Stand-Shows-Progress-In.html

NYLCV (New York League of Conservation Voters):
http://www.nylcv.org/newsletter/2006/may/articles/last_stand_initiative_aims_to_protect_l_i_quality_of_lif
http://www.nylcv.org/newsroom/releases/81


8. What do Long Islanders think about preserving open space?

Long Island Pine Barrens Opinion Poll:
http://www.pinebarrens.org/pdfs/220-2688%20Public%20Memo%20D2.pdf

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/newsroom/new-poll-shows-long-islanders-overwhelmingly-support-open-space-and-farmla.xml

RPA (Regional Plan Association):
http://www.rpa.org/node/2440


9. What else can we do to preserve open space on Long Island?

New York State Communities & Waterfronts:
http://www.dos.ny.gov/communitieswaterfronts/

Citizens Campaign for the Environment:
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaign_categories/open-space.php
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/alerts/alert-2010-10-a.htm

Sustainable Long Island:
http://sustainableli.org/what-we-do/brownfields/brownfield-redevelopment/

Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs:
http://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/PAGES/Local/QCOs/OpenSpacePreservation.php

Environment America:
http://www.environmentamerica.org/reports/ame/preserving-americas-natural-heritage-lessons-states-efforts-fund-open-space-protection

North Shore Land Alliance Inc.:
http://www.northshorelandalliance.org/forms/volunteers/volunteer.htm


10. What did the environment of Long Island look like before development and suburban sprawl?

Long Island Sound Study:
http://longislandsoundstudy.net/about-the-sound/history/

Long Island.com:
http://www.longisland.com/long-island.html

The New York State Barn Coalition:
http://www.barncoalition.com/newsletter/2010-02-25-11/index.html

TIME Magazine:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1882147,00.html

Long Island Duck Farm History and Ecosystem Restoration Opportunities (Suffolk County):
http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Portals/0/planning/EnvPlanning/LIDuckHistory/Main_Report.pdf

Culver Duck
http://www.culverduck.com/history.php

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Helpful Links

http://www.ncrs.fs.fed.us
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org
http://www.citizenscampaign.org
http://www.pinebarrens.org
http://www.nature.org
http://www.northshorelandalliance.org/home.htm
http://www.dec.ny.gov
http://www.discoverlongisland.com

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