Aerial spraying of the pesticide Gypcheck will take place at /Bethpage/ Heckscher / Connetquot River/ State Park on Friday, May 20, 2016, beginning at sunrise. This helicopter spraying will be limited to forest areas infested with gypsy moths. This spraying will last no more than 4-hours. Access to affected areas will be restricted. It is expected those areas impacted will be reopened in the afternoon. Public notification will occur at all park entrance locations and the area to be sprayed will be posted as well. This spraying is occurring due to extremely heavy infestations of gypsy moths. If the trees are left untreated, it will cause significant defoliation and will cause further decline in the health of the trees, possibly killing them.
Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady's slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.
For Schools: Environmental Education Programs
Youth Programs available
The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.
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No Pets Allowed
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
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