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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Jesse King / WAMC

Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber was “cautiously optimistic” as he delivered his State of the Town address this morning. 

A prescribed burn at the Albany Pine Bush
Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is known for its rare habitat and – as many Capital Region residents can attest – fire. Its more than 3,300 acres are maintained by prescribed burns.

Neil Gifford and a Pine Bush volunteer study a Prarie Warbler
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a unique and important habitat for several native species.

On a cool summer morning, as the sun rises over the barrens, some volunteers are among the brush removing birds from several hanging nets.

A Karner blue butterfly at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Patrick Dodson for WAMC

As many Capital Region residents know, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a rare type of butterfly called the Karner blue. But the unique landscape is also home to a species that the federal government wants to know more about.


Guilderland officials are considering plans Crossgates Mall has submitted to build a huge apartment complex on 20 acres of land it owns near Rapp Road in Albany County. Although the project is in its formative stages, neighbors are on high alert.

Save The Pine Bush .org

The environmental group Save the Pine Bush is celebrating 40 years of advocacy for the 3,200-acre nature preserve in Albany, New York.