SUPPORTING THE MISSION

SUPPORTING THE MISSION

  • Return open land Cove to unique undeveloped, natural habitat wetland resource
    • federally protected up to high tide level
  • Going into its second year
  • Enthusiastically and cooperatively supported by  public
  • Backed by extensive environmental research
  • No or much reduced expense to city
  • Has no carbon footprint  (no gas or electric powered equipment used in restoration)
  • Self sustainable – provides for continued private investment and resources
  • Phased Vision:
    • concentrates on land and water cleaning, land;
    • wildlife management rehabilitation
    • marsh and meadow
      • enhancement
      • enrichment
    • Possible outdoor laboratory and education resource (outdoor classroom)
  • Utilized by parks, education organizations and institutions to tie into abuses; possible mobile rehabilitation operations or rehabilitation release programs
  • Ideal stopping and resting grounds on east coast migratory flight paths which might increasingly attract more of 330 migratory birds (utilizing Manhattan as a stop-over in east coast migratory flight paths)
  • Marketed as a gateway to ocean and air
  • Support economic development at Sherman Creek area
  • Consistent with objectives of City Planners
  • Facilitate health of local economy:          
    • increase property value of area property
    • increase neighborhood uniqueness
    • increase aesthetic character of area
  • Attract first time and repeat visiting residents and tourists of all ages and demographic profiles.
  • General
    • Develop and execute nature scheme including native trees and shrubs and a restored micro forest tree line on property borders.
    • Execute a partnership agreement to begin final design and construction phase of Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project and restore degraded shoreline and upland fill landscape at North Cove.
    • Develop and execute property and wildlife management agreements with multiple uses of natural habitat.
    • In the future provide for Rehabilitation Utilization Agreement
    • Property restoration, rehabilitation and improve area and downstream water quality. 
  • Basic Land and Water Restoration and Enhancement
    • Restore damage
      • Remove trash/debris, old pier, cement and blacktop, and degraded or contaminated soil and non–native invasive plants damaging habitat, health, and critical habits for wildlife.
      • Fill to be
        • excavated down to tidal elevations
        • covered with clean soil
        • planted with 
          • low marsh plant salt marsh cord grass
          • upland plants (salt meadow hay, groundsel bush and marsh elder)
    • Develop plan to stop sediment leaching and burdening into river.
    • Restore a small portion of ecological, physical, and biogeochemical functions that have been lost at North Cove.
  • Outreach and Environmental Education Opportunities
    • After restoring salt marsh habitat and coastal maritime upland biotic(s), people will experience Manhattan much as it might have looked before development.
    • Frequent visitors to North Cove will become familiar with different biotic communities and learn what birds require, usually not observable because they are usually obscured by vegetation.
    • Visitors will begin to understand
      • often harsh physical environment of salt marsh and various plant and animal survival strategies which have developed through evolution.
      • four major elements of North Cove Salt March and how they interrelate.
    • Function as an outdoor laboratory tied into pre-visit activities, people/students exposed to North Cove marine elements (at North Cove visit) using classroom and take-home word games, scientific experiments and hands-on activities.
      • Support experiments and first-hand experience to draw conclusions about  stresses of inhabiting a salt marsh; or observe tidal action and explain how  tide affects  salt marsh plants, animals and shoreline; or learn about salt marsh animals, birds and plants in their natural habitat as well be able to identify and name  most common animals, birds and plants of  North Cove Salt Marsh;
      • Support discussions of wildlife’s major adaptations to this habitat.

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