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Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. It contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems and is one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service.

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.

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. It contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems and is one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service.

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 on 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 on May 10, 2012.

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