June 8, 1945: "The Long Island State Park Commission announces that improvements will be made by the Conservation Department in the facilities for the prevention, detection and control of forest and brush fires in Long Island. These improvements were decided on after a recent inspection. The proposed improvements include a new fire tower to be erected at Sunken Meadow State Park." (Suffolk County News)
July 23, 1959: "Thomas Nugent of East Northport, one of Long Island's seven Forest Rangers completes in several months his 30th year as a Ranger for the New York State Conservation Department. The 65-year-old native of Huntington smiled when asked if he planned to retire this fall and said, 'I'm going to work as long as I can.' Mr. Nugent, whose career as a Long Island Forest Ranger dates back to March, 1929, told the Long-Islander that while the state feels the forests of Long Island have been taken over by home development the Fire Range Towers and Service on Long Island will not be discontinued. He explained that the Conservation Department might turn over the towers to County administration. 'Tom' has been stationed since 1947 at the Kings Park tower off Sunken Meadow State Pkwy. Previously he was in Dix Hills." (Long Islander)
October 1959: In an effort to cut costs the state abandoned the lookout services. The title transferred to Suffolk County for future operations.