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President's Letter

THE MISSION OF PROTECTORS OF PINE OAK WOODS is twofold: advocating for the preservation of open space and for the increased stewardship of park properties.

Our Borough of Parks celebrates diverse habitat from Ward Hill to Ward’s Point. The success of Protectors has allowed the preservation of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Mount Loretto Unique Area, Blue Heron Park, Mariners Marsh Park and so many other beloved woodlands and wetlands.

2022 Calendar Photo Submission!


Submit your photographs for consideration in the 2022 Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Staten Island Nature & Wildlife Calendar

Photographs will highlight the variety and uniqueness of Staten Island Parks and Natural Areas.  Each month will be represented by a photograph of that season and selected based on quality, content and ability to capture the natural beauty of Staten Island with a goal to highlight a park or natural area. An Ad Hoc Committee consisting of PPOW Board Members and Staten Island Naturalists has been created to select the photographs to be used in the calendar.

Deadline: June 16, 2021


Protectors' Blog
Memorial Bench Dedicated!

The visitor's bench we purchased and installed in honor of Dick Buegler and for the work he tirelessly did on behalf of Staten Island's parks and open space natural areas was dedicated on Sunday, May 2, at the Greenbelt Nature Center.

Guests and board members who knew Dick shared remembrances, both humorous and profound. Here is a video of the dedication. Thanks goes to Tony Rose and Charlie Olsen who were on hand to video the event.

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