[CT Birds] DEEP Deputy Commissioner's Response to West River Boat Launch Incident
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Wed Jan 27 15:00:07 EST 2016
I agree with Keith and Paul that those signs are likely illegal as would be any signage that limits access to birders and photographers other than in the active boat loading and unloading areas and even those should have a seasonal time limit. Those NO PARKING signs along the road are not correct nor reasonable for birders or photographers, and likely not legitimate nor legally installed.
> On Jan 27, 2016, at 2:27 PM, Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> Doesn't appear to me that the signs in question will be reviewed as to their placement or reasons for their placement. Maybe it's just me but it doesn't sound to me like anything different, I could be wrong!
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Jan 27, 2016, at 2:06 PM, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> I've just received a response to the recent West River Boat Ramp incident.
>> I believe this is a well reasoned approach to the issue. The message below
>> is from Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen:
>> "I’d like to respond to the questions surrounding access to state boat
>> launches for the purposes of wildlife viewing. It appears that the DEEP
>> policy needs to be clarified for everyone’s benefit.
>> DEEP boat access areas are open to those who are actively engaged in
>> birdwatching/wildlife viewing. As with any shared resource, we ask the
>> various users to be mindful of each other’s interests, which can in certain
>> circumstances conflict with one another.
>> We also ask that all users follow the regulations and signage with respect
>> to the particular properties, i.e., not parking in zones designated ‘No
>> Parking’ or blocking boat launch ramps. We have communicated clearly
>> with our Environmental Conservation Police and DEEP staff that active
>> birdwatchers are welcome at these areas. That message has been reinforced.
>> That said, folks should understand the unfortunate reality that our
>> officers and staff all to often encounter individuals on our state lands
>> whose intentions are less than honorable. All the DEEP staff take their
>> public service responsibilities seriously, and do their very best to employ
>> sound judgment in each and every encounter with the public. To the extent
>> there is a concern about interaction with any officer or employee, please
>> obtain a badge number (if an officer) and last name from that individual so
>> that we may review the matter.
>> Finally, I would like to remind everyone that during serious winter storm
>> events, DEEP often closes parks in the interest of public safety when staff
>> are not available to assist those who might become stuck in unplowed
>> areas. We have historically and will continue to post those closure
>> notices on our Twitter account at #CTDEPOUTDOORREC We encourage everyone
>> to follow us on Twitter to stay informed, or that anyone contemplating a
>> visit to a state park during winter storm conditions to consult this app
>> before heading out.
>> Connecticut’s natural resources are a tremendous gift to all of us. We’ll
>> continue to do our best to ensure everyone has opportunities to enjoy them."
>> Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Resources"
>> Kathy Van Der Aue
>> Southport, Connecticut
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