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President's Letter

THE MISSION OF PROTECTORS of Pine Oak Woods is twofold: advocating for the increased stewardship of park properties as well as the preservation of open space through the education of Staten Islanders and their representatives in government. Though the battles to preserve the Goodhue Woods, Pouch Camp and the Saint Francis Woodlands are instances when government interest aligned with that of Protectors, not every effort to preserve open space has the support of our representatives in government. 

We now find ourselves at a critical juncture. Staten Island is an environmental last-stand for the city, an essential bastion of endangered species of flowering shrubs, trees and mosses. Within the properties Protectors has fought to preserve, there are pockets of endangered or critically threatened plant communities. These plant communities are isolated, found nowhere else in the State of New York. Remnants of these communities survive on Staten Island for the time being. 

Dick Buegler Memorial

PROTECTORS IS GRATEFUL to everyone who participated in our effort to raise money to purchase a Greenbelt Park bench to acknowledge the life and work of President and co-founder Richard Buegler. That we achieved our goal in short order is a testament to the truth that Dick had a positive impact on the lives of so many of you and you were moved in turn to offer a fitting tribute. Thank you! We will report on news of the installation.


Forest Management Primer

FOREST MANAGEMENT is a dynamic, many layered discipline involving science and economic realities. Our Summer edition featured an article by Mark Latour exploring the political decisions at work that have traded the long-term health of our nation’s forested land for short-term economic gains.

Now, Mark describes how trees are essential in the cycle of water evaporation and condensation and in the distribution of rain in his new article, “The Role of Forests as Rainmakers.” He writes about the “Biotic Pump” model: “New studies support the physics behind this new climate model indicating that forests play a significant role in determining rainfall and in creating atmospheric winds that pump moisture across continents.”

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Important Update Regarding the Coronavirus

Protectors follows the guidelines mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Cuomo to practice strict social distancing and wearing masks or face coverings on our walks. We will offer our walks with the understanding that they also may be canceled in the future as circumstances require. Please check back here often for updates and with the walk leader prior to the walk.

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