Located within New York’s Capital District, the
Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the
entire world and widely considered to be the best example. At one time, the Pine
Bush in Albany spanned 25,000 acres, but today only 6,500 acres remain of which
3,200 are protected.  The 3,200-acre
Preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an
extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. This is a globally-rare ecosystem is home
to more than 55 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation
Need, including a suite of at-risk birds and the federally endangered Karner
blue butterfly.

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