More about Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest
Last Updated: April 26, 2017
April 25-26: In further discussion, in thinking about the no net loss wetlands policy and wondering if we could apply it as "no net gain policy" to the interior trails and roads of the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest, we need your input. Wondering, because a 100 foot REHAB of the yellow access trail is so labor intensive, and we'd rather to a reroute. Maybe if we end up closing more footage than the reroute's need, we'd have some extra footage for another time. Interested in being part of the the discussion to locate old or underutilized trails, contact us.
April 14-24: In further discussion, a rehab instead of a reroute would be too labor intensive. To rehab 100 feet of trail, it would require a 2 person crew for hauling several truckloads of soil to the trail, another 4 person crew for using a wheel barrow to bring and shovel out the soil onto the trail, and a two person crew to tap down the trail and install water bars. Additional equipment including a pickup truck was needed as well. Neither the NYSDEC, LIGTS, nor QP had the resources to complete the task, nor was there any easy way to raise funds to cover costs. The desire for a reroute was suggested again.
April 14: The story of how we got here. The yellow access trail to the Paumanok Path leads away from Parking Lot #18 crosses over an an interior access road and down a hill into the forested area. Heavier than expected usage by firefighting equipment, mountain bicycles, and illegal ATV's has made the foot trail on the hillside erode. Those who attended include: NYSDEC State Forester John Wernet, LI Greenbelt Monday Crew (Janet Hann, Phil Benvin), Ken Kindler, and Quality Parks (Mindy Block).
April 14: We also visited the Southern Pine Beetle Project funded by a grant received by the US Forest Service, which is also on NYSDEC Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest.
So far, more than 10,000 trees have been cut in the Core Preservation Area in suppression efforts to slow the spread of SPB and protect surrounding trees. For updates on DEC's SPB efforts, see the most recent operations update report in the SPB Operations Update section. - NYSDEC 
The access trail from Parking Lot #18 to Paumanok Trail going north, has a steep eroding section which is not sustainable (see Trails, Greenways & Sustainability). Near the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest sign is an illegal access point in need of closing off, as was done on the other side of the parking lot with a yellow gate.Eastern Fire Road was reopened with bulldozer scraping, within the last year. A north eastern field is being managed by NYSDEC Wildlife to reopen a grassy area in preparation of a prescribed burn.
NYSDEC - Southern Pine Beetle