It's a "celebration of the magnificent environment and history of Long Island," its back jacket states. Subtitled Nature and Man on Long Island, "Robert Cushman Murphy also challenges us to come to terms with realizing Long Island's land ethic," said Mindy Block, Quality Parks President & Founder, an advocate for the protection and conservation of Long Island's natural resources, since the mid 1980's.
During a Quality Parks Master Naturalist (QPMN) planning meeting, Dr. Philip Marshall, a contemporary Long Island naturalist and graduate of Yale University, suggested the Fish-Shape Paumanok, be the primary textbook. Unfortunately, this 67 page paperback, originally published in1964 by the American Philosophical Society, republished in 1991 by Waterline Books, was no longer in print.
Mindy contacted the original publisher with an unusual request. Having prior experience with Lightning Source (a book printing company), she suggested that the Fish-Shape Paumanok could become a POD publication, enabling it to be in print with minimal upfront costs. A year went by before she learned that her suggestion became reality.
Quality Parks will be working with the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SOFO) and other QPMN Cooperators to make copies of this book available to the public and to QPMN students, at a reasonable cost.