MLT vice-president Jim Dugan and president Linda Colgan made a late fall site visit to the island on November 1, ferried by RCTB friends Dom Tumas and Al Niche. They were joined by Stan Hales, Director of Barnegat Bay Partnership; Bill Shadel, ecologist from Shadel Environmental LLC; and Eric Schrading, Field Supervisor, US Fish & Wildlife.
The group walked the western shoreline along the geotube area, then moved north to the beach shores of the former Mordecai cut before taking a final pass around the north end and moving south along the eastern shore and back to Pelham Avenue. With warm weather, sun and low tides, the island gave our visitors a good picture of the Trust’s preservation efforts, as well as what we are fighting against: a large wall of calving on the western shore and a slamming set of waves that hit as we stood in the northwest beach area.
It was a productive day with an easy flow of ideas between these experienced and knowledgeable experts. Thanks to Jim Dugan for arranging the visit and leading the conversation.