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The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, like the one shown here, which normally grow as high as 70 feet, might reach 40 feet in this infertile soil. (Aug.16, 2012)

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.

Dwarf Pines Plains Preserve

County Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, newsdy.li/scparks. Season- All
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

County Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, newsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 290 acres, 1/2-mile hiking trail. Dominated by short trees such as the pitch pine and scrub oak with soil that is sandy and acidic. Its rare ecosystem supports some uncommon wildlife species.

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, like the one shown here, which normally grow as high as 70 feet, might reach 40 feet in this infertile soil. (Aug.16, 2012)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, which normally grow as high as 70 feet might reach 40 feet in this infertile soil. (Aug. 16, 2012)

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The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, like the one shown here, don't grow as tall as they would in more-fertile soil. (Aug. 16, 2012)

A pine cone reflects the early morning sun
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A pine cone reflects the early morning sun at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton, where pitch pines are among the species that can tolerate the sandy, infertile soil. (Aug. 16, 2012)

New pine cones form on the pitch pines
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

New pine cones form on the pitch pines at Dwarf Pines Plains County Preserve in Westhampton. (Aug. 16, 2012)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, like the one shown here, which normally grow as high as 70 feet, might reach 40 feet in this area. (August 16, 2012)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. (Aug. 16, 2012)

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The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. (Aug. 16, 2012)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton limits the kind of vegetation that can grow there. Pitch pines, like the one shown here, which normally grow as high as 70 feet, might reach 40 feet in this infertile ground. (Aug. 16, 2012)

A new growth of scrub oak emerges from
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A new growth of scrub oak emerges from the sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County Park in Westhampton. (Aug. 16, 2012)

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