Quality Parks environmental programs offer various opportunities for environmental training and advocacy to improve public access to open spaces and water, and the conservation and management of public lands. Train in, conserve, and support the natural areas of the real Long Island. We're based in Port Jefferson, as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, since 2000.
Started 6 petitions
Pine Barrens Preservation
Urge Governor Cuomo to sign the following bill it into law. Why? To expand Long Island's greenways, connecting communities with improved health and resilience, more open space, more trees, and more places for recreation. It's Assembly bill 7722 and State Senate bill 6157, and it will preserve 1300 acres including the Shoreham-Wading River Forest and a Mastic property in the headwaters of the Forge River Please Governor Cuomo sign this bill!
Improving Suffolk County Fire Roads
Quality Parks met with Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming about the excessive bulldozing in Flanders County Park. Once an excellent location for a pine barrens interpretive walk, even though the trail was used by illegal ATVs, and by wildland fire response crews, it's not far from being totally ruined. At our meeting, we spoke about the WITHDRAWN Res. No. 1441-2015 whereby SCParks and Flanders Fire District were to "jointly determine which fire lanes will be cleared by the district." Subsequently, SC Parks requested SC DPW to "help parks regrade and widen a roadway in the pine barrens around Flanders," and at a later SCParks Legislative meeting (9/30/15) former Commissioner Dawson said to former Chairman Schneiderman, "I think its that environmental crew that's doing it .... It's moving right along. Like I said, they started out there. They have a tractor out there, a couple of chainsaws and they're moving." The result was excessive and damaging use of a bulldozer on hilly terrain used primarily by illegal ATV riders. Meanwhile, another fire access road off of Pleasure Drive was being planned (Ecological Service Report: Central Pine Barrens Commission), applying US Forest Service minimum impact suppression techniques, and mitigation practices for suppression lines. The Report was also concerned about ATV illegal access, and was being worked on by SC PARKS, NYSDEC, and consultants. This petition requests that SC Legislatures, SC DPW, fire districts, local ecologists, and stakeholders address the issue of downed trees blocking firefighter access by adopting similar minimum impact suppression practices. SC DPW manages and maintains our roads with standards for a reason to protect us while driving, but there's no standards for fire roads and fire lanes. We need the same quality standards for our parks. We thank Legislator Fleming who will be looking into this matter with additional legislative analysis and possible legislation to follow. Her office will be in touch with Quality Parks at a later date, and we will share this information with you. Please join us by showing your support. Learn more: http://www.qualityparks.org/flanders-county-park.html
Please - Immediately Repair Cranberry Bog Preserve Bridge, Riverhead, NY
The Cranberry Bog Preserve is well loved and used by local residents and visitors from across Long Island. It's known for its beauty, ecology, and cultural value. The loop trail and it's interpretive guide, engages the public in environmental education, appreciation, and a continued conservation ethic to appreciate and value Suffolk County's treasure of open space. And it offers a reason for people to get outside and exercise and to reduce stress by being in Nature. But around two years ago, the bridge crossing was found broken and in need of immediate repair. Suffolk County Parks' response was to close off the bridge and do nothing else. We watched the bridge deteriorate. Quality Parks attempted to work with a Boy Scout on an Eagle project to rebuild the bridge, but had no success. Last week, we were contacted by an irate citizen demanding action, as our name, Quality Parks, would indicate -- that we cared. The irate citizen said that they contacted Suffolk County Parks and nothing happened, so they contacted us. We learned that many local citizens care about the Cranberry Bog Preserve and want the bridge repaired. They are in support of Suffolk County finding and allocate funding to immediately repair the bridge. And so do we. Learn more: http://www.qualityparks.org/cranberry-bog-preserve.html Please sign our petition to show your support.
Clean Up Long Island - Support Park Watch
Clean Up Our Parks Imagine taking a walk outside, only to find dumped tires, an injured animal, a locked gate. Then Imagine whipping out your cell phone, snapping a picture, and sending it off to a responsive agency, getting a confirmation ticket, and knowing it's on record. One Big Step Forward Suffolk County Legislature Kara Hahn introduced legislation to establish a Parks Watch Program for Suffolk County Parks. This is a huge step forwards. We applaud her effort. "Hahn believes creating stronger relationships between the county’s parks department and the people who live near the parks is integral in helping improve park safety. “This proposal is calling on us to reach out to adjacent neighbors of all of our parks,” said Hahn. “If you see it, we can clean it up.” The initiative will establish a dedicated website, phone number, and email address to allow residents to report unlawful activity." -- from - Suffolk lawmaker pushes Parks Watch initiative to prevent dumping, illicit behavior (Jan 25th article). Some History The first Incident Reporting System for the Long Island Pine Barrens was under Raymond P. Corwin's watch. It included a detailed incident report, along with staff time to coordinate law enforcement and public land management agency response. Meanwhile, Quality Parks will continue to evaluate, recommend, and seek funding for incident reporting systems that engage positive ways to Clean Up Long Island parklands. Some words from the Legislation include: a Parks Watch Program would aid the County in identifying locations of dumping and other illegal activity and engage the community’s surrounding County parkland as stakeholders and stewards the Department will conduct outreach to neighbors of County parkland to inform them of the program and encourage their participation; that the Department shall establish a dedicated webpage, phone number, and email address for use by the Parks Watch Program and any other initiative which allows residents to report suspicious activity to the Department Read the full Resolution Also visit Quality Parks tImeline on Incident Reporting Please sign and share this petition, requesting that federal, state, county, town, villages do the same for the entire Long Island.
Say Thank You for supporting a cleaner environment at R.C. Murphy Park
This petition is a Thank You for supporting a cleaner environment at R.C. Murphy County Park (Manorville NY). You've enabled the physical removal of Mile-a-Minute, and for improving public access. We all hope for your continued support. Mile-A-Minute is an extremely invasive non-native vine recently found along the Paumanok Path, and within a nearby wildland urban interface: a strange juxtaposition of bird calls and human sounds, native plant communities and lawns, invasive species, wildfires, boundaries, and deadly ticks. The project required NYSDEC Wetland permits, and additional support from Suffolk County, Cornell Cooperative Extension, private homeowners, the LI Greenbelt Trail Conference Monday Crew, and Quality Parks Master Naturalists. For more information, visit our timeline: http://www.qualityparks.org/rc-murphy-park.html If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Mindy Block, Quality Parks President
Reopen the Pine Barrens Trail Center
I love Ray. Do you? Ray's message to all of us: "...we can, and must, set the stage for our successors." My message to you is: Reopen the Pine Barrens Trail Center. The Raymond P. Corwin Pine Barrens Trail Center, or informally, Ray’s 2nd House, is now listed on Google as permanently closed. Why? Upon contacting Suffolk Parks for access to the building on a regular basis, we were told to contact the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference (the members we spoke to were just as confused, thinking it closed as well). Though the water is running, the toilets are working, and the electricity is on, the public isn’t allowed inside. Several Quality Parks members are willing to put in a few volunteer hours to make sure the building remains open on the weekend. Quality Parks has liability insurance on record with Suffolk County, and can provide light maintenance such as cleaning, dusting, and emptying trash. Other groups could pitch in and would benefit too. Quality Parks is active in conservation and advocacy for public access to open spaces and water, for individuals and groups. We are willing to work with you to revise the RFP, so that more of us can keep the Ray's 2nd House open. Read the article: https://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/hennessey-participates-in-rededication-of-suffolk-county-pine-barrens-trail-center/ Visit timeline: http://www.qualityparks.org/pine-barrens-trail-center.html Join Us: http://www.qualityparks.org/join-us.html