First Saturday in June, and it’s time to hit the ocean beaches… Cupsogue beach, Westhampton Dunes.
The Pine Barrens are the Island’s last wilderness – now mainly in a 100,000 acre protected area of woodlands, ponds and streams in Riverhead and Brookhaven townships, the headwaters of the Peconic River and Bay. Pitch pine and oak thrive in the meager sandy soil, a remnant of the coastal forest that once stretched from Cape Cod, MA to Cape May, NJ.
Moriches Bay on LI’s South Shore, eastern neighbor of the Great South Bay, protected by Fire Island. Part of the lagoon and barrier island coast that stretches from Cape Cod to Florida.
40 years ago, LI Bays provided half the US clam harvest and work for thousands of people. Not now.
The Island’s South Shore
Smith Point Beach, Fire Island National Seashore