Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 1 17:28:17 1995 From: Jon Anderson - anderjda at dfw.wa.gov
I agree with Bert Guttman that there is a tremendous need to educate the public, and that allowing the public to view the wildlife and habitat resources is one of the best ways to give them "ownership".
However, the Bowerman Basin is relatively small (acres <hectares> anyone?) and funnelling folks to and through the tidelands _may_ not be the most appropriate way to allow them to view the marsh or the birds.
Consider this alternative:
Develop turnouts along Highway 109 with the appropriate interpretive signs and viewing towers. This would not only keep folks *out* of the marsh, but would also be accessable to many more locals and tourists than access from the airport.
Similar access and viewing along the airport fill should be explored, but I still maintain that public access to the marsh is uneccessary in a *Wildlife Refuge*. If people want to see mudflats and salicornia marshes, there are lots of places to view them (Oyhut Wildlife Area at Ocean Shores, etc.) without increasing human pressure on one of the premier shorebird sites on the coast.