Sunday, October 19, 2014

Please Help Us Keep Sandy Hook Undeveloped: Sandy Hook development - comment period last day 10/22

Please Help Us Keep Sandy Hook Undeveloped

Submit Your Comments Here to the NPS by October 22nd

New Jersey Audubon has enjoyed a 30-year relationship as a Park Partner with the National Park Service through the Sandy Hook Hawk Watch (beginning in 1979).  Our long-term involvement and presence have given us the opportunity to observe and document the changes and impacts that have affected Sandy Hook.

Our concern regarding the proposed relocation of the maintenance facilities stems from our awareness that Sandy Hook has grown from a 1,665-acre barrier peninsula to more than 2,100-acres that provide spectacular, undeveloped ocean and bay beaches found nowhere else in Monmouth County.  Preservation and protection of these habitats must be a priority, along with the recreational opportunities provided to the birding community and the public in general.  If you would like more information on Sandy Hook, its natural resources and NJ Audubon's position to protect and preserve Sandy Hook, please read our letter to the National Park Service.

Again, the public is invited to submit comments to the National Park Service regarding the proposed relocation of the maintenance facilities at Sandy Hook and the deadine line to submit comments is next week, October 22nd.  

1 comment:

Linda Baum said...

Per discussion at a recent meeting of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, there are many other better options for relocating the maintenance facilities.

It makes little economic or environmental sense to tear down forest to build new facilities when there are many other existing sites that would not require deforestation and habitat destruction. Some of those sites have existing facilities that can be repurposed. Utilizing one of these alternative sites is the responsible and surely more cost-effective approach.

I wonder if anyone has stopped to consider the irony of recognizing the danger of increased future flooding from climate change while at the same time adding to the deforestation that is accelerating the problem.