Beaches are more costly to repair when the fix needs to be fixed. Rusted metal and large rocks aren't natural on this beach and now block public access. But what can be done, especially when the money runs out?
So we did it. We repaired the bridge at the Cranberry Bog Preserve. Now we're taking on the Pauquaconsuk WoodField because its Quality Parks Score Rating (see below) is touching upon Poor. We'll be focusing on improving responsiveness to onsite conditions, especially as it relates to public access, conservation ecology, and responsiveness.
For two years, Quality Parks requested access to the Pine Barrens Trail Center by filing permits two weeks prior to our events. For 2018, there's three of us requesting key access instead. It's a more efficient stop gap measure until such time as there are more resources to keep the building regularly open by SC Park Staff or by contract.
Why this key request? Let me give you an example. Quality Parks is working on an invasive species removal project in a nearby Suffolk County Park. While we're out in the field, the building gets closed. Before and after the event, we pick up tools, use the bathroom, plan next events, and have lunch. Why spend money on SC staff to babysit the building while we are out in the field? We can also work with the community to show them the trail center as opportunities arise
Quality Parks Scores
Carmans River Canoe & Kayak II
Go Native Long Island
Nature Works Illustrated
Old Town Blooms
Southampton Trails Preservation Soc.
Suwassett Garden Club
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