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Dwarf Pine Plains County Preserve

Country Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks Features 290

Country Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks Features 290 acres, ½-mile hiking trail. Pitch pine and scrub oak with sandy, acidic soil. Rare ecosystem supports uncommon wildlife species. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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.

Country Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks Features 290
Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Country Road 31, Westhampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks Features 290 acres, ½-mile hiking trail. Pitch pine and scrub oak with sandy, acidic soil. Rare ecosystem supports uncommon wildlife species.

Dwarf Pines Plains County Park

The sandy soil at Dwarf Pines Plains County
Photo 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, normally grow as high as 70 feet, might only reach 40 feet in this infertile ground.

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