For more information, contact:
Kara Villamil, or Mona S. Rowe
516-344-5658 or 516-344-5056
The third annual Pine Barrens Research Forum, featuring talks on the cultural and ecological history of Long Island's pine barrens forest and demonstrations of how teachers can use the forest to teach students ecology. Prominent scientists, educators and others are expected to attend. Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney and others will give welcoming remarks.
Conference: Thursday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Field Trips: Friday, October 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Note: Due to limited bus space, media wishing to go on the field trip should call 632-9780 to reserve a seat in advance.)
Berkner Hall, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, 1.5 miles north of LIE Exit 68.
During the conference portion of the forum, environmental scientists and historians will present papers on diverse topics. They include:
o A history of preservation in Suffolk County's pine barrens
o How Long Islanders have interacted with the pine barrens over history
o How tuberculosis relates to Long Island's pine barrens
o The Long Island cranberry industry
o Techniques for teachers to use the forest as an educational resource
o A 19th century Long Island utopian society called "Modern Times"
This year, two field trips are being offered. They are:
o A historical journey through humankind's impact on the Long Island pine barrens at what is now the Brookhaven Lab site.
o An in-depth tour of what Brookhaven Lab is doing to clean up the areas of its site where past activities created contamination in soil and groundwater.
The forum is a cooperative effort of the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute and Brookhaven Lab.