Focus 12: Wildfires Anniversary - Part II

Ten years ago, wildfires charred approximately 9,000 acres of the Pine Barrens on the East End, but scientists say something positive did come from the devastation.

Richard Amper of the Pine Barrens Society, says the Pine Barrens need to regenerate in order to purify Long Island?s only underground drinking water source. According to Amper, the wildfires did help the Pine Barrens to regenerate by removing competing plant species. Experts say the regeneration process is slow and is visible from the ground.

Scientists say the fires are actually is helping to grow healthier vegetation in the Pine Barrens and preventing larger wildfires from happening in the future.

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Related Links: The Nature Conservancy Long Island Pine Barrens Society Salvation Army Rescue Westhampton Fire Department Archives State DEC Task Force

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