The Fire Island National Seashore: A History

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the establishment of the Fire Island National Seashore and its management from 1964 to the present. Located off of Long Island's south shore, Fire Island is one of only five national seashores in the national parks system. Focusing on the major policy issues generated during the past forty years, Lee E. Koppelman and Seth Forman explore the tensions between local and national interests, as well as the desire to conserve resources unimpaired for the benefit and use of future generations. The book includes a brief history of the island before its induction into the national parks system; a discussion of the battle to control erosion; the conflict between preservation and public access; the establishment and maintenance of many historical and cultural resources, including the William Floyd Estate, the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailor's Haven/Sunken Forest, and High Dune Wilderness Area; and the Seashore's changing management and organizational structure.

About the Author:
Lee E. Koppelman is Leading Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Regional Planning Studies

About the Author:
Seth Forman is Research Associate Professor of Political Science. Koppelman is the coauthor of numerous papers and books on Long Island's waste management, urban planning and design criteria, and government finance

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“The authors elucidate the complex issues that arise where people and nature intersect in a coastal setting … The book has a very good time line of events and a listing of the NPS Directors of FINS—a nice tribute to their service.” — Long Island History Journal

“As the authors explain the often competing objectives of the National Park Service and Fire Island homeowners, the complex issue of zoning, and the role of political leaders on the municipal, state, and federal levels, they bring forth issues of great importance.” — Marilyn E. Weigold, author of The Long Island Sound: A History of Its People, Places, and Environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791473412
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

At Stony Brook University, the State University of New York, Lee E. Koppelman is Leading Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Regional Planning Studies, and Seth Forman is Research Associate Professor of Political Science. Koppelman is the coauthor of numerous papers and books on Long Island’s waste management, urban planning and design criteria, and government finance.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Fire Island-Historical Background     1
Brief Overview of Fire Island History     1
Fire Island Erosion: Shifting Sands and Shoreline of a Barrier Island     19
Introduction     19
Causes of Erosion     21
Erosion Control-A Sorry Saga     23
Erosion Control Efforts     28
USCE Reformulation Plan     34
The New York Coastal Partnership     44
Hierarchy of Needs-Based on Costs     47
The Creation of the Fire Island National Seashore     53
Introduction     53
Evolution of National Park Service     53
Parks on Fire Island     61
The Moses Road Proposal     65
The Move for a National Seashore     67
The Legislative Process     74
General William Floyd     75
Historic and Cultural Resources     77
Threatened, Endangered, and Other Species     92
Seashore Management     99
The Formative Years: Creation of the Wilderness Area and Its Conflicts, 1964-1978     99
Management Issues     114
Draft Master Plan of 1975     117
NaturalZone     122
Historic Zone     123
Park Development Zone     123
Special Use Zones     123
Land Use     126
The Squatters Controversy     127
Seashore Zoning     132
Mainland Terminal and Transportation     136
Mosquito and Vector Control     140
Off-Road Vehicle Management     141
Personal Watercraft     144
Management and Organizational Structure of the Seashore     144
Fire Island Superintendents     151
Timeline 1964 to present     153
Notes     173
Bibliography     189
Index     199
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