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NameAlbany Pine Bush Preserve Commision And Discovery Center
Address195 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
Brief DescriptionThe Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is the gateway to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, providing visitors with interactive exhibits and activities.
TypeActivity
CategoryRecreation
DescriptionPicture a wide open landscape filled with dense shrubs, scattered pitch pines, openings of prairie grass and wildflowers all rooted in sweeping sand dunes. This is the Albany Pine Bush, also known as an inland pine barrens ecosystem. One of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide, the Albany Pine Bush is globally rare. It was formed toward the end of the last Ice Age 12,000รป15,000 years ago. At this time a large glacial lake stretched from present day Glens Falls, NY to Newburgh, NY. Over time, the water drained leaving behind the sandy deposits of the lake floor. These sandy soils now support the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. A fraction of the original Albany Pine Bush ecosystem still survives today. This remaining area is divided by interstate highways, shopping malls, and industrial parks, and is threatened by further habitat loss. The Pine Bush is important because of its outstanding biological significance. Characterized by well-drained sandy soils and open areas, it hosts a variety of rare plant and animal species. For example, its open areas present ideal conditions for wild blue lupine, a beautiful wildflower which is critical to the survival of the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. The scrub oaks of the Pine Bush are also important in the survival of another rare insect called the inland barrens buckmoth. Aside from these two insects, the Pine Bush supports many other species of wildlife including the eastern hognose snake and spadefoot toad. In preserving the Pine Bush, we have the opportunity to protect a rare environment for the unique species it supports as well as for the enjoyment of people for years to come. While the Albany Pine Bush provides a special habitat for many plants and animals, it also provides visitors with an assortment of non-motorized, passive recreational opportunities including bird watching, hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hunting. The Comm
Emailinfo@albanypinebush.org
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Websitewww.albanypinebush.org
Last Updated12/9/2014
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