[CT Birds] Silver Sands Meeting - Give credit

Parrot sisserou at charter.net
Mon Sep 21 14:04:44 EDT 2015


to the state for the creation of the first coastal state park from the highly degraded environment caused by decades of human activities. Habitat restoration and rehabilitation activities created an amzing suite of habitats on the site of a former landfill, drained and degraded tidal marsh and beach that had been converted to a bulkhead and macadam state road 646.  The restoration of the tidal Fletcher Creek marsh not only restored plant and wildlife habitat but eliminated the impact to scenic vistas caused by the 15 foot tall non-native common reed (Phragmites australis).  Fletchers Creek was restored through a combination of tidal flow restoration and fill removal, beach and dune were restored through the removal of bulkhead and macadam and placement of sand and planting of beach grass.  The expensive capping of the landfill has created extensive upland habitat.  This plan is so different than the one crafted in the 1960’s!  The Coastal Area Management Program of DEEP secured the funding for the tidal marsh restoration and in the planning phase for the current park plan lobbied for the restoration of beach and dune habitat.  The Water Management Bureau and CAM working with Park’s plan consultant devised an approach to intercept as much stormwater water runoff - reducing the amount discharged into tidal wetlands while avoiding discharging this water into landfill material below the landfill cap.  This has been nothing less than an awesome reclamation of an environment damaged by decades of human activities.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  (T. Roosevelt).

Kudos to all the DEEP staff that made ("stood in arena") the restoration and rehabilitation Silvers Sands State Park possible and various partners in marsh restoration (e.g., USFWS, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and others).

Someone at tonights meeting might want to acknowledge the amazing habitat tranformations that has been accomplished by the state of CT.  

Ron, Ashford, CT


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