The Tragic Burning of Prosser Pines and the Famous Teepees

Long Island is home to several natural wonders, including the beautiful Prosser Pines and the iconic teepees that have become synonymous with the area. However, a recent incident has left many locals devastated, as these beloved landmarks were burned down due to what is believed to be DEC control burns to help with forest deforestation.

Prosser Pines is a unique forest area located in Middle Island, Suffolk County. This natural beauty boasts towering 80-foot white pines, which were planted in the 1800s. The pine trees are a unique sight and provide a serene escape for locals, hikers, and bird watchers, and are one of the oldest surviving White Pine plantations to exist on the eastern seaboard.

Recently on our Hiking Long Island Facebook group, a member called out the fact that her recent visit on 4/15/23 resulted in seeing the famous teepee burned down and the surrounding trees burned.

It was believed to be part of a controlled burn by the DEC, however; the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that, while they do perform prescribed burns on state-managed lands in the Central Pine Barrens region, they do not conduct any on lands managed by Suffolk County Parks. To find more information, I reached out to Suffolk County Parks and the Middle Island Fire Department. Suffolk County Parks have not returned our emails and the Middle Island Fire Department

The burning of Prosser Pines and the famous teepees is a significant loss to Long Island’s outdoor community. It is unfortunate that such a beautiful natural area had been destroyed. It is essential to remember the significance of preserving natural wonders such as Prosser Pines, which provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and serve as a reminder of the beauty and serenity of nature.

It is believed the fire was set by kids. If you have any information regarding this please reach out to me

Post by Ray Larsen

There was a correction made on 4/19/23