Hey Guys, I need guidance. I live in Gloucester Ma. I found a few acres of salt marsh that a guy is willing to sell. It is in the Essex river. The Essex river at one time held many duck camps that would sit on pilings located on the marsh. This property I am looking at at one time held a beautiful camp that got wiped out the the blizzard of 78. Since then it has never been rebuilt. The pilings are still there, but they definately need to be replaced. The town of Essex has a tough conservation group that doesnt want camps being built on the marsh anymore. depending on how you look at it, being tough can be a good thing. If they were not many people could spend cheap money and have a place to go out and party, play loud music, make the marsh a dump, etc. However I am not one of those people.
I am sure that some of you have had similar hurdles to jump and I am asking for some input on how to approach the towns conservation commity to allow me to rebuild what was once there. I also tried to get in
touch with Ducks Unlimited to speak with one of there Biologist to see if there is any thing that can be planted in salt marsh to attract ducks. Does wild rice, or celery survive in salt marsh? I have called them a few times and haven't had a returned phone call yet. The Essex river holds good numbers of Black Ducks. Even though the Black Duck is now stable, the numbers are much lower than years ago. I was hoping that if DU or any related group could send me a letter, and also provide guidance, it may be presented to the conservation commity to show them I am trying to do a good thing. As hunter you also need to be a conservationalist. Us Hunters as a group have a large impact on why some duck species are much lower than in past years and it is up to us to help out which many of us do.
Sorry for making this so long. There is much more to say but hopefully
with some input and guidance from you guys it will be a little easier to get this done. Thanks