Resources and Links
Long Island Natural History LinksSave the Sound
The New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (marine mammal studies, whale watch tours, seal tours)
SUNY Stony Brook's Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences
Long Island History (A series from Newsday)
South Shore Estuary Council
Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission (information about Long Island's 100,000+ acres of Pine Barrens)
Fire Island National Seashore
Gateway National Recreational Area
Long Island is a surprisingly (to those who think mostly of its proximity to New York City) beautiful place, even to those interested mostly in the more natural views of the world. It is an island about 110 miles long running mostly east to west, and up to 20 miles wide. Long Island becomes progressively less urbanized as you travel east, and becomes decidedly rural long before you get to Montauk. But even quite close to New York City--on the far western end of Long Island, there is a large block of well preserved beach and salt marshes: Gateway National Recreational Area. There are also a number of fairly large state parks scattered throughout the Island.
What you see above is a very short list of some of the many sites dedicated to making the natural beauty of Long Island available and long lasting.