Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 01 15:11:28 1995 From: Herb Curl - h.curl at hazmat.noaa.gov
Right on, Burt Guttman on your second post. My recollection is that one of the justifications for protecting Bowerman Basin was that it would have educational value. People would come to see the birds & learn something from outdoor exhibits & posters. A boardwalk with a "sidewalk superintendent" wall was proposed to keep people from walking into the habitat & stressing the birds (or messing up the marsh). It's not a bad idea and it brings up the long-running controversy over preservation vs recreation as typified by our National parks. We want to preserve the habitat because of its ecological value, but most birding, at whatever level, is recreational. Obviously we want public support for this and other conservation measures so the public is invited; the media announce the arrival of the birds, TV stations interview birders etc. If we advertise it they will come. But will they remember to bring their rubber boots and to not wade into the birds? I think a boardwalk combines education, spectacle and preservation. The only question is cost, IMHO. A million is a *very* round number. Perhaps Grays Harbor Audubon could provide a cost breakout and we locals could provide some in-kind services.
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