Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 1 10:41:17 1995 From: Jon Anderson - anderjda at dfw.wa.gov
I have spent a number of wet, muddy mornings walking out to the Bowerman NWR with my wife (not a birder) and kids. We wore rubber boots.
The boots cost $30 a pair ($12 for the kids' boots). Let's take some personal responsibility for our birding, for our impacts, and for all of our activities. I can't see spending that much tax money for a walkway of any sort - boardwalk, gravelled path or paved walkway.
Realizing that the airport, etc is built on fill, anyway, there's not a lot of 'habitat' to protect in not building a boardwalk. But, building any sort of walkway out there will certainly increase pedestrian traffic, will put more people out onto the flats, and end up stomping more habitat down as well as harassing the avifauna (no, I don't think a little fence will keep people back any more than barricades keep touristas behind them in any National Park).
For Pete's Sake - we don't need personalized, subsidized access to all of our natural areas. The Parks are over-crowded, crime-ridden rural slums as it is. We don't need to develop our National Wildlife Refuges into the same situation. Refuges are for wildlife! If we build access for people, people will come.
And the wildlife they came to study and 'adore'? Where will they go?