[CT Birds] Birds and State Parks

Chris Woods chrisw at followup.net
Sun Jun 23 10:35:37 EDT 2013

Thank you, Dan for listening, your reasoned response and continued consideration.



On Sun 23/06/13 10:26 AM , "Esty, Daniel" Daniel.Esty at ct.gov sent:
> Chris,
> Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about recent work in
> the parking lot near Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach State Park. I
> understand your concern, and I want you to know the thought process that
> has gone into this decision.
> As you may know, this area of the park is intensively used by the public
> during the summer, as it is the primary parking area for the popular Meigs
> Point beach, and for the Meigs Point Nature Center. Many people begin a
> life-long love of the outdoors in this park, and it does wonders for public
> awareness of natural resources issues. The parking lot itself is roughly 5%
> paved (in the most frequently used section) with the remainder being grass
> parking spots and gravel “roadways”.  Park visitors walking to
> the beach or returning to their cars in this lot have been forced to walk
> down the narrow one-way road along with passing cars.  This project has
> been designed to increase public access  (and public safety) by creating a
> walkway for pedestrians to separate them from passing cars.
> The material used to create this walkway and to fill small depressions in
> edge of the parking lot is not impervious asphalt pavement, but rather it
> is recycled road “millings”, which is pervious ground up
> asphalt chips.  The total area of this new pervious walkway is roughly 3 %
> of the parking area, and we have no plans to pave this area further.  I
> hope this information is helpful in understanding the scope of the public
> safety project that was undertaken at Hammonasset Beach State Park.
> We know many people enjoy the park for its vast array of wildlife, and for
> the many other public amenities that it has provided for almost 100 years. 
> With over 2 miles of public bathing beaches and one of the largest
> campgrounds in the country, it is often a delicate balance to provide these
> services to the almost 2 million annual visitors, while creating and
> maintaining habitat that is so attractive to so many wildlife species.  I
> think we mostly get it right, but we also want to make sure that we hear
> from folks when they think we’ve gotten it wrong on occasion. If you
> have additional questions, or would like to discuss these issues further, I
> would encourage you to contact Tom Tyler, our Director of State Parks.  Tom
> can be reached at 860-424-3099 or tom.tyler at ct
> .gov .
> Sincerely,
> Dan
> ________________________________________
> From: Chris Woods [chrisw at fo
> llowup.net]Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:34 AM
> To: Esty, Daniel
> Subject: Birds and State Parks
> Dear Comm. Esty:
> I am writing to voice support for a more circumspect approach to
> maintenance at State parks in regards to conserving bird populations.
> I realize that maintenance and improvements are necessary, and I also
> realize that we can't plan out everything. But there are several seemingly
> small things thatimpact the wildlife considerably (such as paving parking lots where
> potholes do help wildlife when they also present a problem to cars), and I
> support moreconsideration where possible.
> Thank you for your efforts, as always.
> Chris Woods
> Westport, CT

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