Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Humboldt County Supervisors approve snowy plover fencing, temporary Clam Beach gate closure

link - Donna Tam/The Times-Standard

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved roping off the designated snowy plover breeding areas on Clam Beach, despite arguments from some community members that the fencing isn't necessary and may actually be doing more harm than good.

The supervisors said they can understand the community's concern, but felt it was necessary to allow U.S. Fish and Wildlife to continue with their research.

”I think it's important to look at the big picture,” Chairman Clif Clendenen said.

The county has been roping off designated areas of Clam Beach to protect the western snowy plover since 2004 as part of the Clam and Moonstone Beach County Parks Access Management Master Plan. The snowy plover is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The county's management plan calls for the symbolic fencing to be in place during the plover breeding season, which typically runs between March 1 and Sept. 30, according to a county staff report.

Several residents spoke against the fencing, saying that the data gathered by scientists seems to reflect that the fencing isn't working, and that the fences may actually be a hindrance to the population and the people who use the beach.

Humboldt County Supervisors approve snowy plover fencing, temporary Clam Beach gate closure

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved roping off the designated snowy plover breeding areas on Clam Beach, despite arguments from some community members that the fencing isn't necessary and may actually be doing more harm than good. - Donna Tam/The Times-Standard

Humboldt County Supervisors approve snowy plover fencing, temporary Clam Beach gate closure

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved roping off the designated snowy plover breeding areas on Clam Beach, despite arguments from some community members that the fencing isn't necessary and may actually be doing more harm than good.