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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.

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.

Dick Buegler Memorial Event, Sunday, May 2

The Richard Buegler Spring 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk, scheduled for Sunday, May 2,  will include a special gathering at around 4 p.m. at the site of a memorial bench for Dick installed late last year at the Greenbelt Nature Center (400 Rockland Avenue). We’re extending a special invitation to those who knew Dick to join us as we share stories and tributes about a man who touched so many of us. 


Plans are still being finalized. Attendance is limited, so it would be helpful to have a count of how many people are planning to attend. Kindly contact Hillel at (718) 477-0545 or Dominick at (917) 478-7607 to let us know if you are attending. More information can be found in the calendar.

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