Friday, August 19, 2011

Dispersed use of dune trails

Dispersed use of dune trails a viable option - Uri Driscoll/My Word

Local government agencies and land managers are currently involved in developing recommendations for managing our coastal dunes and beaches. The publication of their white paper, due out this summer, is to reflect these recommendations. Representatives of these agencies have put out to the public the desire for dialog, but so far it has been difficult for some of us to get meaningful (if any) responses from them. There is growing concern over the massive expense, negative effects, and even effectiveness of the European beach grass removal. However, also at stake is the traditional enjoyment of these special environments, because beach grass removal seems to precede trail removal.