The Fire Island National Seashore: A History

The Fire Island National Seashore: A History

by Lee E. Koppelman, Seth Forman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791473422

ISBN-13: 9780791473429

Pub. Date: 02/07/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A comprehensive account of the history of the Fire Island National Seashore since its creation in 1964.

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

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A comprehensive account of the history of the Fire Island National Seashore since its creation in 1964.

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.

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ISBN-13:
9780791473429
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Fire Island—Historical Background

Brief Overview of Fire Island History

2. Fire Island Erosion: Shifting Sands and Shoreline of a Barrier Island

Introduction
Causes of Erosion
Erosion Control—A Sorry Saga
Erosion Control Efforts
USCE Reformulation Plan
The New York Coastal Partnership
Hierarchy of Needs—Based on Costs

3. The Creation of the Fire Island National Seashore

Introduction
Evolution of National Park Service
Parks on Fire Island
The Moses Road Proposal
The Move for a National Seashore
The Legislative Process
General William Floyd

4. Historic and Cultural Resources

Threatened, Endangered, and Other Species

5. Seashore Management

The Formative Years: Creation of the Wilderness Area and Its Conflicts, 1964-1978
Management Issues
Draft Master Plan of 1975
Class I—Natural Zone
Class II—Historic Zone
Class III—Park Development Zone
Class IV—Special Use Zones
Land Use
The Squatters Controversy
Seashore Zoning
Mainland Terminal and Transportation
Mosquito and Vector Control
Off-Road Vehicle Management
Personal Watercraft
Management and Organizational Structure of the Seashore

Appendix A. Fire Island Superintendents
Appendix B. Timeline 1964 to present

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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