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Fire is the Pine Bush's Friend

On April 27, 1999

a small controlled burn conducted by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission got out of control. 65 acres of Pine Bush burned. The fire was intense enough to jump the four lanes of the New York State Thruway. No one was injured, no property was damaged.

For the Pine Bush, this was great! The Pine Bush needs fire to survive. The Pine Bush has burned for 10,000 years.

There is a great opportunity after this burn to view the burned areas. Most dramatic is that the burning away of under brush exposes the natural land forms of the Pine Bush. The beautiful contours of the sand dunes in the Pine Bush can now be seen. Here are photographs taken the next day by Save the Pine Bush volunteer, John Wolcott. Click on the picture thumbnail to see the entire photograph.

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Page written and maintained by Save the Pine Bush Volunteers

This page last modified January 12, 2008
Contact Save the Pine Bush at pinebush@aol.com.