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New pine cones form on the pitch pines
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New pine cones form on the pitch pines at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton. The sandy soil there limits the kind of vegetation that can grow on the land. (Aug. 16, 2012)(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

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Dwarf Pine Plains County Preserve

The 290-acre tract southeast of the intersection of Sunrise Highway and County Road 31 is part of a 2,500-acre dwarf pine habitat on Long Island, one of only three such areas in the country.