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Plan your visit with these activities and closures in mind and, for your own safety and visitor experience, please obey the area closed signs that are placed on the trails and at trailheads.

 

Prescribed Fire

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday June 12, 2024. We will start at 12:00pm and will be finished by dark. We will be located near the intersection of 195 New Karner Road and Old State Road in the City of Albany. Trailhead #1 will be closed until 6/13/2024.

We will also be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday June 13, 2024. We will start at 10:00am and will be finished by dark. We will be located near the intersection of Columbia Circle Drive West and East Pitch Pine Road. Trailheads #4, 5 & 6 will be closed until 6/14/2024.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Manager, Tyler Briggs at tbriggs@albanypinebush.org

 

Invasive Tree Removal: Preserve Area Closure

Starting in early March 2024, 18 acres of invasive and non-native black locust trees will be removed from a site located west of New Karner Road and just south of Pinehurst Blvd. The tree removal is the first step in restoring this site back to the pine barrens it once was.  After tree removal the site will be planted with native pine barrens plants. During this time this area is temporarily CLOSED to all public use.

Please view the interactive trail map to see the tree removal locations. 
 

Over the past twenty-four years the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission has been restoring wildlife habitat by selectively removing overabundant, non-native, and/or crowded trees in the preserve. The purpose of tree removal is to re-establish the globally-rare pine barrens. Work will begin during the winter of 2024 between Pinehurst Blvd and Charles Blvd west of Route 155 (New Karner Road) in Albany as shown on the attached map.


Tree removal will begin in early 2024 on 18 acres of preserve land on the west side of new Karner Road just south of Pinehurst Blvd. In early spring 2024 this site will have the tree stumps removed and will then be graded and planted with native pine bush plants.


Successful wildlife habitat management in some areas of the preserve initially requires the selective removal of invasive trees like black locust. Pitch pine and oak trees will not be removed. Heavy logging equipment is used to remove the invasive trees and stumps and the site is then graded in preparation for planting. In the spring of 2024 the site will be planted with a variety of native wildflowers and prairie grasses. Pine barrens shrubs and trees, as needed, will also eventually be added to the site. In three to five years these areas will begin to exhibit characteristics of high quality pine barrens that typify the Pine Bush.


In order to continue to meet the objectives of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission’s 2017 Management Plan Update, habitat restoration should “restore and maintain the natural plant and animal species composition of the inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens ecosystem by continuing and expanding the Preserve’s ecological management programs”…” (APBPC 2017 Management Plan Update, p. 5).

Due to potential hazards associated with the tree removal process these 18 acres will be temporarily closed to all public use while this work is taking place. Preserve visitors are encouraged to visit the many other areas of the preserve during this time.


If you have any questions about this wildlife habitat restoration activity, please contact Stewardship Director, Joel Hecht at (518) 690-2773 or jhecht@albanypinebush.org. 

Prescribed Fire Notifications

We cannot provide a specific schedule for prescribed fires in a given area due to the unpredictability of weather and fuel conditions. If you would like to be notified the morning of a prescribed fire, please subscribe below.
 

Preserve Management: Pine Barrens Restoration

The Kings Highway Barrens, at trailhead #9, is temporarily CLOSED while habitat restoration work is being completed.  This site was cleared of invasive black locust trees in early 2024.  Next the site will be stumped, graded and then planted with native pine barrens plants.  This is the first phase of restoring these 38 acres back to a pine barrens.  Please view the interactive trail map to see the tree removal locations as well as other preserve areas you can visit during this time. 

Click here if you need a mobile friendly version of our trailmap.

Please contact Stewardship Director, Joel Hecht with any questions or concerns. 518-456-0655 or jhecht@albanypinebush.org 
 

Hunting, Fishing & Trapping

Hunting, fishing and trapping are recreational activities that are carefully regulated in the preserve and across NYS.

Tick Awareness

Please be aware that ticks, including deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks), are present in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as well as other natural areas in our region.