The Long Island Pine Barrens Society is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. It works to preserve open space and water reservoirs in the Pine Barrens and other parts of Long Island. The LIPBS played a crucial role in legalisation passing The Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act of 1993 and succeeded in creating a Pine Barrens Core of 53,000 acres which can never be developed, and a 47,000 acre Compatible Growth Area in which regulated development is permitted. It has a Board of Directors that meet monthly and members who regularly receive newsletters, <i>The Pine Barrens Today</i> and information on how to preserve open space and drinking water in their own communities. Donations are taken by mail or on-line. The LIPBS is thought to be the most respected environmental organization in the state of New York.