60 acres of Pine Barrens land in Mastic proposed for preservation within the Pine Barrens’ Core Preservation Area have been cut down for a planned solar farm project! This is an assault on Long Island’s most environmentally sensitive ecosystem. The pitting of solar against woodlands is unacceptable. Both resources need to coexist on Long Island.
This clearing comes amidst a preservation victory on Long Island’s North Shore – where more than 800 acres of precious Pine Barrens land in Shoreham was added to the Core Preservation Area by the 2018-2019 State Budget. Also included in the state budget is language urging the relocation of solar to more beneficial locations like rooftops, parking lots and previously cleared land so that the devastation in Mastic can be prevented from ever happening again.
Contact Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright to share your support for their preservation of the Shoreham property and for your belief that trees should not be sacrificed for solar panels.