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Old 07-23-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Bombs and Birds: Nomanís Plan Discussed
By Peter Branned
Archived Edition: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bombs and Birds: Noman’s Plan Discussed - 6/22/10 - Vineyard Gazette Online
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It has been an unusual past 100 years for Nomanís Land, that half-forgotten rock off Chilmark and Aquinnah that has occasionally reasserted its presence to Vineyarders with wafting smoke clouds and distant bomb blasts. Shrouded in mystery and explosives, it has seen rumrunners, pirates, hurricanes, and even an accidental internecine gun battle between the Coast Guard and the Navy in 1967. But for all the human chaos that has played out on its shores it has remained, somewhat miraculously, an area of pristine natural beauty and biodiversity, almost unmatched elsewhere in southern New England...
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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Nomans Land Island National Wildlife Refuge

Nomans Land Island National Wildlife Refuge -
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Nomans Land Island Refuge. We hosted a public meeting on June 23rd at the Chilmark Community Center. We thank all who attended. The draft plan is available at the public library, town hall, or on line at: Refuge Planning | Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:07 PM   #3
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So these ex military spaces are proving a boon.It is good that these places exist for shore birds that need nesting spaces protected from the over abundant small predators along most shorelines. Island ecology is fragile , the enforced isolation seems to be working for rather than against creatures able to come and go as needed. I will have to read that draft for the future of conservation on the refuge.
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