A Guide to the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Collection

 

Archives & Special Collections
College of Staten Island Library, CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd., 1L-216
Staten Island, NY 10314

2006 The College of Staten Island, CUNY

Finding Aid by Antonio Golán



Overview of the Collection

Collection No. : SIM-11
Title: The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Collection
Creator: Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Dates: 1976-2007
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet
Abstract:

The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is an environmental conservation advocacy group dedicated to the preservation of Staten Island’s natural resources and heritage. The organization was founded to preserve Pine Oak Woods, now known as the Clay Pit Pond State Park Preserve on Staten Island’s south shore. In the decades since, the group has successfully lobbied for the addition of thousand of acres to Staten Island’s park system, including Blue Heron Park, Kingfisher Park and the Greenbelt.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Collection, Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.

Acquisition

This collection was donated to Archives & Special Collections by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Antonio Golán

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Notice

The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with laws of copyright. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections.

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Administrative History


The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is a group devoted to the preservation and conservation of Staten Island parks. In addition, they seek to extend existing park lands and to establish new parks in the borough. They also lead nature walks and tours through both existing and proposed parks and sponsor teenagers at summer conservation camps. Finally, they attempt to raise public awareness about parks and development and to influence public opinion in favor of preservation.

The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods was established in 1976 with the general purpose of spreading information about land conservation and the specific purpose of preserving Clay Pit Pond. Although the organization began small, it rapidly grew in membership, influence, and has had many successes, including the establishment of Blue Heron Park, Kingfisher Park, and the Greenbelt. Its membership has also grown considerably, and is at present is in the thousands. It operates primarily through grassroots action and lobbying, and has encouraged its members to contact government officials to petition for preservation. Recently, the group has been vocal in opposing the development and construction of a NASCAR racetrack and in the protection of the South Beach Wetlands.

This group has been praised by many government officials, including Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Alfonse D’Amato, State Representative Susan Molinari, and both the New York State Senate and Assembly. Richard P. Buegler, the founder and former president of the organization, was a teacher and author, and won many awards for environmental activism, including the EPA Environmental Educator of the Year Award (1979), the Feinstone Environmental Award (1988) and the City Club of New York’s “Earthling” Award (1991). He was succeeded by Hillel Lofaso, who has continued the organization’s work to protect Staten Island parks.

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Scope and Content Note


This collection contains materials ranging from 1976 to 2007, with the bulk of materials from approximately 1989 to 2007. The collection includes meeting minutes of the board of directors and its officers, copies of the organizational newsletter from 1976 to 2002, and subject files dealing with the NASCAR racetrack, the South Beach Wetlands, and plant extinction. Additions to this collection are expected.

Arrangement
Housed in 4 Hollinger boxes and one flat box for oversized materials, the collection is arranged into three series. Series 1 is located in boxes 1 and 2, as well as the oversize box, Series 2: Publications is located in box 3 and Series 3: Subject files is located in box 4. The materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Environmentalism -- New York (State) -- Richmond County
Richmond County (N.Y.) -- City Planning
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)

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Series Descriptions & Container Listing


Series I: Minutes
This series contains minutes from the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods board meetings. It is located in the first two Hollinger boxes as well as the oversize box. It contains information about the governance of the Protectors, with inclusive dates from 1989 to 2002.
  Box Folder Title
  1 1 Minutes – May 2, 1989
  1 2 Minutes – September 5, 1989
  1 3 Minutes – May 15, 1991
  1 4 Minutes – October 1991
  1 5 Minutes – May 8, 1992
  1 6 Minutes – November 23, 1992
  1 7 Minutes – January 27, 1993
  1 8 Minutes – March 30, 1993
  1 9 Minutes – April 20, 1993
  1 10 Minutes – June 8, 1993
  1 11 Minutes – August 31, 1993
  1 12 Minutes – November 3, 1993
  1 13 Minutes – December 14, 1993
  1 14 Minutes – April 11, 1994
  1 15 Minutes – May 26, 1994
  1 16 Minutes – August 24, 1994
  1 17 Minutes – September 13, 1994
  1 18 Minutes – September 20, 1994
  1 19 Minutes – October 19, 1994
  1 20 Minutes – December 14, 1994
  1 21 Minutes – February 8, 1995
  1 22 Minutes – May 11, 1995
  1 23 Minutes – June 29, 1995
  1 24 Minutes – August 30, 1995
  1 25 Minutes – October 5, 1995
  1 26 Minutes – December 6, 1995
  1 27 Minutes – March 19, 1996
  1 28 Minutes – May 15, 1996
  1 29 Minutes – June 19, 1996
  1 30 Minutes – August 21, 1996
  1 31 Minutes – December 4, 1996
  1 32 Minutes – January 29, 1997
  1 33 Minutes – March 26, 1997
  1 34 Minutes – April 8, 1997
  1 35 Minutes – April 16, 1997
  1 36 Minutes – May 20, 1997
  1 37 Minutes – June 18, 1997
  1 38 Minutes – July 13, 1997
  1 39 Minutes – September 7, 1997
  1 40 Minutes – September 24, 1997
  1 41 Minutes – December 3, 1997
  1 42 Minutes – February 4, 1998
  1 43 Minutes – March 18, 1998
  1 44 Minutes – May 6, 1998
  1 45 Minutes – October 22, 1998
  1 46 Minutes – December 3, 1998
  1 47 Minutes – December 1998
  1 48 Minutes – January 27, 1999
  1 49 Minutes – March 24, 1999
  1 50 Minutes – May 5, 1999
  1 51 Minutes – June 23, 1999
  1 52 Minutes – July 30, 1999
  1 53 Minutes – August 25, 1999
  1 54 Minutes – September 29,1999
  1 55 Minutes – September 29, 1999
  1 56 Minutes – October 11, 1999
  1 57 Minutes – November 17, 1999
       
  2 1 Minutes – January 5, 2000
  2 2 Minutes – February 16, 2000
  2 3 Minutes – March 15, 2000
  2 4 Minutes – May 17, 2000
  2 5 Minutes – June 28, 2000
  2 6 Minutes – August 30, 2000
  2 7 Minutes – October 11, 2000
  2 8 Minutes – November 1, 2000
  2 9 Minutes – December 13, 2000
  2 10 Minutes – January 31, 2001
  2 11 Minutes – March 14, 2001
  2 12 Minutes – April 18, 2001
  2 13 Minutes – May 23, 2001
  2 14 Minutes – July 5, 2001
  2 15 Minutes – August 29, 2001
  2 16 Minutes – October 10, 2001
  2 17 Minutes – November 14, 2001
  2 18 Minutes – December 6, 2001
  2 19 Minutes – January 15, 2002
  2 20 Minutes – March 20, 2002
  2 21 Minutes – April 24, 2002
  2 22 Minutes – June 19, 2002
  2 23 Minutes – September 4, 2002
  2 24 Minutes – October 16, 2002
  2 25 Minutes – December 4, 2002
       
  Oversized 1 1 Minutes – November 17, 1999

 

Series II: Publications
This series is comprised mostly of newsletters from the Protectors from 1976 to 2007. It also contains a book titled “Twenty Years of Green,” which highlights the groups history, activism, and programs.
  Box Folder Title
  3 1 Newsletters, 1976
  3 2 Newsletters, 1977
  3 3 Newsletters, 1978
  3 4 Newsletters, 1979
  3 5 Newsletters, 1980
  3 6 Newsletters, 1981
  3 7 Newsletters, 1982
  3 8 Newsletters, 1983
  3 9 Newsletters, 1984
  3 10 Newsletters, 1985
  3 11 Newsletters, 1986
  3 12 Newsletters, 1987
  3 13 Newsletters, 1988
  3 14 Newsletters, 1989
  3 15 Newsletters, 1990
  3 16 Newsletters, 1991
  3 17 Newsletters, 1992
  3 18 Newsletters, 1993
  3 19 Newsletters, 1994
  3 20 Newsletters, 1995
  3 21 Newsletters, 1996
  3 22 Newsletters, 1997
  3 23 Newsletters, 1998
  3 24 Newsletters, 1999
  3 25 Newsletters, 2000
  3 26 Newsletters, 2001
  3 27 Newsletters, 2002
  3 28 Newsletters, 2003
  3 29 Newsletters, 2004
  3 30 Newsletters, 2005
  3 31 Newsletters, 2006
  3 32 Newsletters, 2007
  3 33 Twenty Years of Green

 

Series III: Subject Files
The final series contains materials pertaining to subjects of interest to the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, including documentation about the NASCAR Racetrack proposal, the South Beach Wetlands, and plant extinction and invasion.
  Box Folder Title
  4 1 Alpert, Joseph (retail mall construction), 1995-1996
  4 2 Arbutus Creek, Lemon Creek, and Blue Heron Drainage Plans (Bluebelt), 1993-1998
  4 3 Arthur Kill Deepening, 2000-2002
  4 4 Arthur Kill Deepening, n.d.
  4 5 Bloomingdale Woods, 1997-2003
  108A-Drawer 3 1 Bloomingdale Woods: Maps, 1999
  4 6 Bridge Creek, 1992, n.d.
  4 7 B/T Nautilus, 1994
  4 8 Endangered Plants
  4 9 Endangered Plants
       
  5 1 Exxon Oil Spill, 1990-1991
  5 2 Exxon Oil Spill, 1995
  5 3 Exxon Oil Spill, 1996
  5 4 Exxon Oil Spill, 1997
  5 5 Exxon Oil Spill: Acquisition of land, 1991-1992
  5 6 Exxon Oil Spill: Field Observations Post-Spill, 1990-1991
  5 7 Exxon Oil Spill: Salt Marsh Restoration, 1991
  5 8 Exxon Oil Spill: Salt Marsh Restoration, 1992
  6 1 Exxon Oil Spill: Salt Marsh Restoration, 1993-1999
  6 2 Exxon Oil Spill: Salt Marsh Restoration: Master Plan, 1992
  6 3 Fresh Kills Landfill, 1990-1995, n.d.
  6 4 Freshwater Wetlands Assessment, 1984, n.d.
  6 5 Goethals Bridge Modernization, 1993-1997
  6 6 Goethals Bridge Pond, 1987-1994, n.d.
  6 7 Graniteville Swamp: City Land Committee Application, 1991-1994
  7 1 Graniteville Swamp: Corbo Development, 1998
  7 2 Graniteville Swamp: Maps, 1987-1991
  7 3 Graniteville: Photos, n.d.
  7 4 Graniteville Swamp: Reports and Correspondence, 1988-1994
  7 5 Graniteville Swamp Woods, 2003-2004
  7 6 Gulfport, 1990, n.d.
  7 7 Harbor Estuary Program: Acquisitions & Restoration, 1999-2000
  7 8 Harbor Herons: Articles, 1989-1996, n.d.
  7 9 Harbor Herons: Base Maps, n.d.
  7 10 Harbor Herons: Notes and Correspondence, 1990-1993, n.d.
  7 11 Harbor Herons: Reports, 1992-1993, n.d.
  8 1 Harbor Herons: Uniform Land Use Review Procedure-Memos and Forms, 1993
  8 2 Isle of Meadows, n.d.
  8 3 Kill van Kull, 1980, 1989-1993, n.d.
  8 4 Long Pond, 1992-1996
  108A-Drawer 3 2 Maintenance Dredging of the Passenger Ship Terminal, 1997
  8 5 Mariner’s Marsh, 1992-1993
  8 6 Mariner’s Harbor, 1987-1993, n.d.
  8 7 Marrow Street Associates, 1990-1993
  9 1 Mohlenhoff and Sons, 1989-1992, n.d.
  9 2 Neck Creek, 1980, 1992, 1999, n.d.
  9 3 New York Department of Environmental Conservation:Applications and Comments, 1999-2001
  9 4 Old Place Creek, 1987-1992
  9 5 Old Place Creek Marsh Shoreline Condition, 1924-2002
  9 6 Paw Paw Woods, n.d.
  9 7 Plant Extinction/Invasion
  9 8 Racetrack – Correspondence
  9 9 Racetrack – Report on the Breeding and Productivity of Avian Species
  9 10 Racetrack – Report
  9 11 Racetrack – NYC Department of City Planning
  10 1 Racetrack – Sierra Club Report
  10 2 Racetrack – Environmental Impact Report
  10 3 Racetrack – Environmental Impact Information
  10 4 Sawmill Creek Marsh and Merrill’s Creek, 1987-1996, 2001
  10 5 Septic Systems—Environmental Issues, n.d.
  10 6 Shooter’s Island Easement, 1990-1993
  10 7 South Beach Wetlands – Initial Overview of the Site and its Natural Resources
  10 8 South Beach Wetlands – Hydrologic Reconnaissance
  10 9 South Beach Wetlands – Photographs
  10 10 South Beach Wetlands – Photographs and Negatives (1999)
  10 11 South Richmond Storm Water Plan, 1995
  10 12 Staten Island Corporate Park/Teleport, 1987-1990, n.d.
  10 13 USGS Staten Island Aquafer Study, 1988
  10 14 Wetland Watchers Project, 1993
       
Series IV: Articles & Reports
This series contains articles and reports collected by the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods during the 1990s and 2000s as a way to enrich their arguments against the development of wetlands on Staten Island.
  Box Folder Title
  11 1 Aquatic Birds of the Arthur Kill: Short-term Damage Assessment Following a Major Oil Spill, 1990-1994
  11 2 Alternatives Analysis/Habitat Mitigation Letter Report: Shooters Island Reach, 1996
  11 3 Assessment of Impacts on Avian Food Resources, 1991
  11 4 Chemical Residues in Cormorants from New York Harbor and Control Location, 2003
  11 5 Differences in Flight Patterns among Nesting Ibises and Egrets, 1988
  11 6 Effects of an Oil Spill on the Prey Population and Foraging Behavior of Breeding Wading Birds, 1995
  11 7 Egret Feeding Behavior and Prey Ecology in the Lower Hudson River Estuary, 1989
  11 8 An Evaluation of Shallow Water Drift Material in the Arthur Kill and Kill van Kull, 1996
  11 9 Factors Affecting the Use of Foraging Habitats by Breeding Egrets and Ibises, n.d.
  11 10 First Breeding Record of Double-crested Cormorant in New Jersey, [1990s]
  11 11 Fish and Shrimp Populations in the Arthur Kill, [1990s]
  11 12 Foraging Patterns by Wading Birds and Nesting Patterns by Herring Gulls on Prall’s Island in 1990: An Interim Report, 1990
  12 1 Freshwater Wetlands on Staten Island, New York: Assessment and Management Recommendations, Volume 1, 1989
  12 2 Freshwater Wetlands on Staten Island, New York: Assessment and Management Recommendations, Volume 2, 1989
  12 3 Harbor Herons Project: 2003 Nesting Survey, 2003
  12 4 Harbor Herons Project: Interpretive Report, 1987
  12 5 Harbor Herons Report, 1987
  12 6 Immediate Effects of an Oil Spill on Behavior of Fiddler Crabs, 1991
  12 7 Implementation Plan for the Piping Plover to Compensate for Losses from the B.T. Nautilus Oil Spill, 1994
  12 8 Information on Study of Seabirds Killed by Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, 1991
  12 9 Nest Site Selection by Herring Gulls in an Urban Estuary, 1993
  12 10 Records of New Jersey Birds, 1991
  12 11 Reopening a Hudson River Striped Bass Commercial Fishery, 1999
  12 12 Report of the NOAA Panel on Contingent Valuation, 1993
  12 13 Special Hillsides Preservation District: Findings and Recommendations, 1998
  13 1 Staten Island Freshwater Wetlands Program, 1991
  13 2 Staten Island Freshwater Wetlands Preservation, 1990
  13 3 Staten Island Greenways Master Plan, 2003
  13 4 Staten Island Growth Management Task Force, 2003
  13 5 A Study of Colonial Waterbirds in the New York-New Jersey Estuary, 1990
  13 6 Wildlife Habitats on Shooters Island, New York Harbor: Characterization Study and Management Recommendations, 1994
Series V: Committee Material
This series currently contains material pertaining to the operations of the Open Space Advisory Committee.
  Box Folder Title
  13 7 Open Space Advisory Committee: Prioritization Form, n.d.
  13 8 Open Space Advisory Committee: Questionnaire, n.d.

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