[CT Birds] Silver Sands Meeting - Give credit

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 14:18:52 EDT 2015


Excellent to remind us all of that, Ron.  Thank you!


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:04 PM, Parrot via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> 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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