Fire Island National Seashore Info
Fire Island National Seashore is a unit of the National Park System and is managed by the National Park Service within the Department of the Interior. Authorized by Congress in 1964, the national seashore can also be called a national park.
Fire Island is a barrier island that protects the mainland of Long Island from storms and is home to many unique ecosystems. Almost within site of New York City and adjacent to the heavily populated Long Island, Fire Island National Seashore protects a stunning, and sometimes surprising, number of outstanding natural and historical resources.
Broadcasted on THIRTEEN as a part of the "Long Island Screening Room" program. Watch this amazing documentry produced by Long Island filmmakers, Glenn Gebhard and Dr. Frank Turano, research assistant professor in the SUNY Stony Brook Ecology and Evolution Department. The film recants Fire Island's early maritime history and it's beginings as a local tourist attraction and National Seashore. Find out more about Fire Island's diverse communities and unique ecosystems. Appreciate just how much of a treasure Fire Island is.
Help us continue the important history of Fire Island for generations to come!
Fire Island Facts
- The only Federal Wilderness in the State of New York (The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness)
- 24 smaller islands.
- The Seashore includes extensive portions of the Great South Bay, Narrow Bay, and Moriches Bay.
- 26 miles of beach from mean high water to 1000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.
- The island averages less than a mile wide.
- There are 17 communities on Fire Island.
- Over 400 identified plant species on the island.
- More than 420 bird species have been identified on the islandor are expected to occur in this habitat.
- 25 herpetological species - 12 amphibians and 13 reptiles.
- 28 mammals.
- More than 60 fish species observed or collected from the ocean surf.
- More than 40 species of fish collected in seine nets from the Great South Bay.
- More than 40 different bay and ocean invertebrates (worms, shrimp, sponges, etc.).
- More than 50 different macro invertebrates collected from the bay and ocean (anemones, whelks, crabs, scallops, etc.)
- Various vegetation communities - ocean, beach and dunes, maritime forests and thickets, fresh water marshes, salt water marshes, and bays.
- 3 federally listed species as threatened or endangered (piping plover, seabeach amaranth, roseate tern).
- 3 New York State Listed as Species of Concern (common tern, least tern and seaside knotweed).
Fire Island National Seashore Daily Operations
Help the Fire Island National Seashore fund all of these essential daily operations to maintain the seashore.
- Care for more than 60,000 objects and documents in the museum collection.
- Maintain the only Federal Wilderness in New York.
- Manage 26 miles of ocean shoreline and bay waters up to 4000 feet into the Great South Bay.
- Maintain boating navigation buoys.
- Manage 4 concessionaires with 2 marinas, a snack bar, and 3 ferry routes.
- Provide for nearly 11,000 overnight stays per year.
- Manage a campground with more than 3,300 campers per year.
- Enforce boating and fishing regulations in the Great South Bay and other waters adjacent to Fire Island.
- Administer permits for driving in the national seashore
- Manage hunting and fishing on the shoreline.
- Protect threatened or endangered species including piping plover, least tern, seabeach amaranth, and seaside knotweed.
- Monitor mosquitoes to prevent health threats.
- Permit and oversee weddings, assemblies, commercial filming, and other special events.
- Present programs and tours to more than 20,000 school children a year.