LEWDOG wrote:The rare Least Tern and the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle is why the two Natural Area Preserves here in Mathews are a joke .
swampbilly 1980 wrote:LEWDOG wrote:The rare Least Tern and the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle is why the two Natural Area Preserves here in Mathews are a joke .
Sure is 'Lew.
Those stupid bugs have been on Bethel Beach engaging in sexual activity looong before Eve ever picked the apple
If they want to "save the bugs" then they should set up a man made barrier offshore to break up swell from every single Northeaster that blows.
It ain't people walking on the beach that's the problem-
It's erosion, loss of habitat.
My dog doesn't wake up in the a.m. and ask for a Northeastern Beach, Tiger Beetle to munch on either
bay gunner wrote:HGWT,
Interesting to hear the local's side of things. Isn't there another ES land trust pursuing conservation easements on private property? I know I've seen their website before. Can't remember the name. What's their deal? Are they legit, respected, hated?
Deadrise wrote:Don't want to sound like TNC's mouthpiece but TNC was instrumental in the VDGIF's acquisition of Doe Creek WMA, a waterfowl WMA discussed previously on this board. Same thing for the Big Woods WMA in Sussex County. They also had roles in the acquisition of Cavalier WMA and Chickahominy WMA. I am not sure what percentage of their properties are not hunted but virtually all that I am familiar with have deer hunting leases on them. TNC also makes its lands on the North Landing River open for quota deer hunting through the VDGIF's quota hunt system (sorry LD). They also have float blind stakes in the Princess Anne draw for their North Landing properties. I am aware of the Eastern Shore issues concerning land zoning but I think those occurred in the 90's. They cleaned house there after and hired new leadership as a result. True that they do own most of the seaside islands on the shore but I don't think anything would preclude you from float blinding the marsh edges around those islands. One last observation is they often take big wigs hunting as stated earlier. Their purpose is to entertain those people so that they will contribute money, become benefactors, and hopefully support future land conservation efforts.
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