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The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems in a relatively natural condition. It is the only federally designated wilderness area in the State of New York. At 1,380 acres, it is also one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service. (May 10, 2012)

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

Even at more than 1,300 acres, this eastern section of Fire Island National Seashore is the smallest wilderness area in the national park system but it’s the only federally designated wilderness in the state.

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems in a relatively natural condition. It is the only federally designated wilderness area in the State of New York. At 1,380 acres, it is also one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service. (May 10, 2012)

A box turtle is right at home among
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A box turtle is right at home among the dunes and marshes of the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

Flowering beach plum plants and pitch pines are
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants and pitch pines are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

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