Beaches are more costly to repair when the fix needs to be fixed. Rusted metal and large rocks aren't natural on this beach and now block public access. But what can be done, especially when the money runs out?
It's commonly used for walking to and from the Port Jefferson train station and other locations uptown. Many folks don't even realize poison ivy as a health hazard. Especially those who walk on the east side of Belle Terre Road.
Written by Mindy Block
Over several years, I've been transforming my front yard into a park setting that benefits bees, butterflies, birds, and wildlife. It's called mindful conservation. Learn more at the 2018 Port Jefferson Farmers Market where Quality Parks is attending as a vendor.
It's been a real challenge to balance the clean cut look with the natural look. As my lawn transforms to open space, unexpected weeds, tree seedlings, and itinerant natives fill in the gaps between the natives I planted last year. That's called succession by ecologists, and must be incorporated into the new look as much as the plantings of prior years.
Written by Mindy Block
With an onslaught of wildfires in the LA area over the summer, and the upcoming fire prevention week this October, what better time than now to protect life, property, and the environment? Last year, I applied for the Wildland Resource Planner with the Orange County Fire Authority, making it through to the first round of interviews. (Note: Pictured above is a presuppression bulldozing, which Quality Park is protesting, learn more at Flanders County Park.)
I qualified for this LA interview because I had gained experience as a firefighter in Long Island Pine Barrens and with the Port Jefferson Fire Department. For a brief moment in time, I put my life on the line, to better understand what it takes to protect our communities as a structural firefighter, and to protect the fire-prone pine barrens as a forest friendly firefighter. I wrote about these experiences in Sunrise Fire , published in 2008, by Quality Parks.
And it is still relevant today, according to a 2017 National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) report. Some of the key findings include needs to transition away from traditional structural firefighting, so as to include more consistent Wildland/WUI training practices . Sunrise Fire is a story about five young adults who join the fire service to reduce their community's risk from fire. It details information on fire prevention, safety, and training for both wildland fire and structural firefighting, combining science & fiction into an exciting adventure story.
 - For price and availability: Sunrise Fire
 - Wildland/Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities
Quality Parks Board Member, Pamela Block, attended this week's meeting of the Rotary Club of Port Jefferson. She gave a presentation on Native Plants & Ecological Service. The purpose of the presentation was to form stronger connections and collaborations regarding continued native plantings in the Village of Port Jefferson.
A new idea for native plantings was discussed this past winter with Mindy Block (Quality Parks), Joy Cirigliano (Four Harbors Audubon Society), and Brian Macmillan (Village Golf Superintendent). They spoke about how to feature native plantings that would not only benefit bees, birds, and pollinators, but would also add value to the golf course with eco-friendly certification. Subsequently, Quality Parks spoke with Caren Markson (Village Gardener) for the ways and means to fundraise for continued native plantings.
Towards this end, Quality Parks contacted the Sandra Swenk (Suwasset Garden Club). The Garden Club became a Supporting Member and have requested a presentation as well (in the works). Quality Parks subsequently contacted Dennis Brennan and Bob Huttemeyer (Rotary Club of Port Jefferson) to arrange a presentation on July 11, 2017. All are welcome to support this charity effort for going native in the Village of Port Jefferson.
To print out the presentation, please go to Quality Parks CSA for Native Plants.
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Go Native Long Island
Nature Works Illustrated
Old Town Blooms
Southampton Trails Preservation Soc.
Suwassett Garden Club
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