BNL Lands Transferred to New York State

November 1971

BNL Lands Transferred to New York State

Comet Darner dragonfly

Federal Lands to Parks; Department of Energy Transfers Land to New York State

On November 17, 1971 the U.S. Department of Energy transferred 2,146.87 acres of land in the northern part of the Laboratory to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, on behalf of President Richard Nixon, came to the Laboratory to make the transfer.

Brookhaven State Park

Today, Brookhaven State Park consists of 2,500 acres. The park runs along the east side of the William Floyd Parkway north of Whiskey Road and between NY 25 and NY 25A in Ridge and Wading River, New York. The park was included in the first-ever comprehensive inventory of rare plants and animals and significant ecosystems found within the New York State Park system. The study was conducted by the New York Natural Heritage Program and made possible by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. Included in the key findings highlighted in the 2007 Report was the identification of the Comet Darner dragonfly as occurring within the Park. The rare bright red and green Comet Darner can grow to nearly the size of a hummingbird.