The Block Island Times
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Comment sought for West Beach Sand Trail reconstruction

Mar 06, 2014
Photo by: Lars Trodson The West Beach Sand Trail as it looks today has been eroded over time due to various storms. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input from the public about the impact of a possible restoration project.

The West Beach Sand Trail was severely damaged from Hurricane Sandy and is vulnerable to further erosion, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This has resulted in only limited vehicular access by the public to this area, and has limited access to the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge’s Beane Point facility.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an Environmental Assessment for determining how best to restore vehicular access to this area and to Beane Point, or to examine other access alternatives. The affected area includes the area from the end of West Beach Road near the transfer station to Beane Point.

Public comment is currently being sought regarding any issues, concerns, or opportunities the public may have regarding this proposal. All comments received will be evaluated as part of the Environmental Assessment. The Service has identified the following issues to be addressed in the Assessment:

How will vehicular access and possible realignment or reconstruction of the sand trail affect barrier beach and shoreline conditions?
What effect will the proposal have on recreational use of the area?
How will wildlife resources be impacted by the project?
How will cultural resources be impacted by the project?

The public is invited to submit any additional issues, concerns, or opportunities which they feel the Service should evaluate and address during the process.
To be considered, comments must be received by March 25, 2014.

Comments can be submitted to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
West Beach Sand Trail
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
Or comments can be submitted from the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex website at http://www.fws.gov/ninigret/complex/ and clicking on the “Contact us” link.

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