- This is our second year weed pulling an extremely invasive non-native vine. We're also hearing ticks are really bad this year, and that there is no obvious entrance to this County park. Quality Parks is planning a Community Talk at the Pine Barrens Trail Center regarding tick bite prevention and land management (M.Block)
- An administrative road had been "upgraded" to a fire road. The magnitude of the impact and my honest response had troubled my sleep. Early the next morning I took pen to paper to work out my feelings.
- On May 23, I attended a meeting initiated by Mindy Block, of Quality Parks, to re-open Suffolk County's Raymond P. Corwin Pine Barrens Trail Center. It was unfortunately closed shortly after being dedicated in memory of Raymond P. Corwin in 2014. As Kara Hahn stated, "There is a group of people interested in using the building. The building is in good shape, so it should be open."
- At the federal public, the EPA's purpose is to: "encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation" , and to: provide "a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species" . Property rights advocates hold the belief that they can do whatever they want with their land, including privatizing public lands for their own personal profit. Is that why President Trump has an agenda to strip the EPA of its power? Connecting the dots is often mentioned by economist, Robert Reich, who recently explained that corporations are doing just fine with environmental regulations. These federal policies also effect public lands management.
- Met at Pine Barrens Trail Center, attending: Mindy Block, Kara Hahn, Al Krupski, Annelies Kamran, Jane Fasullo, Ken Kindler. A small group of us met at the Riverhead County Center last week to discuss the re-opening of the Trails Center in Manorville. As we introduced ourselves, I was flattered that Kara Hahn recognized me – saying “oh, you’re the guy who helped create the Forsythe Meadow Trail in Stony Brook.” That’s a 36-acre park dedicated to Nora Bredes, A Suffolk County Legislator who died after a long battle with breast cancer in August 2011 at the age of 60. Nora was a champion of drinking water protection and open space preservation.