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Our Mission

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is committed to increasing the stewardship of Staten Island’s existing parkland, bluebelt corridors and nature preserves and to continuing the effort to preserve Staten Island’s natural areas. Protectors advocates for protection and preservation by educating our members, the general public and elected officials at all levels of government through meetings, workshops, walks, articles, newsletters and sponsorship of environmental education.


Our Board of Directors serves in a voluntary capacity. Many of our directors have served Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for decades through many successful projects. If you share our passion for preserving Staten Island's natural heritage and open spaces, please consider joining our board. Please email your request to

Officers 2024-2027


President: Jose Ramirez-Garofalo

First Vice President: Jack Bolembach

Recording Secretary: Lisa Abbot Pillarella

Corresponding Secretary: Mark Latour




Alan I. Benimoff, Ph.D. • Linda Cohen •
Elaine Cotreau • Dominick Durso • 

Hillel Lofaso* • Eileen Monreale

Madaline Paladino • Jacqueline Perine
Ellen O’Flaherty Pratt •
Don Recklies • Herb Smith

*Past President


Honorary Directors

Albert F. Appleton, Esq. • Hon. Gordon J. Davis • Joseph Fernicola • Marian S. Heiskell • Hon. Ralph J. Lamberti • Richard Lynch • Lenore Miller • Robert Miraldi, Ph.D. • Arthur M. Shapiro, Ph.D. • Norma Siebenheller 

Protectors Co-founder and President Emeritus

Richard Buegler (1928-2016)



Mailing address: P.O. Box 140747, 
Staten Island, NY 10314-0747;




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