First Annual Long Island Natural History Conference

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Atlantic White Cedar: Its Historical and Current Status on Long Island
John Turner
(Session 5, 2:15-3:00)

Atlantic White Cedar is one of Long Island's most iconic trees with a place in its geographic history (Cedar Swamp Road, Cedarhurst, Cedarmere). This program will discuss the historical importance, abundance and distribution, and life history of Atlantic White Cedar and its current abundance and distribution on Long Island and opportunities for potential reintroduction.  

John Turner is a naturalist, conservationist, and writer whose second Edition of Exploring the Other Island: A Seasonal Guide to Nature on Long Island has recently been published. He is also founder and president of Alula Birding & Natural History Tours, a nature tour company connecting people with the natural world and a co-founder and past board member of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.  Until his retirement in 2010, Mr. Turner served as Director of the Division of Environmental Protection for the Town of Brookhaven.

Field Trip
Meet in the dirt parking lot of the Suffolk County Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve at 9 am Saturday to view up close the Atlantic White Cedar Stands growing in this beautiful park in the Pine Barrens. We will then move on to Sears-Bellows County Park to take a look at the unique population of "dwarf" white cedars found growing in some of the coastal plain ponds. Contact John at 516 695 1490 or

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