MEADOWLANDS OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
The Hackensack Meadowland Commission conducted a round up in the Meadowlands of Northern New Jersey. Naturalist Kyle Spendiff, employed by the Commission, would not volunteer how many geese were lethally removed but believed the round up was necessary. The Commission's wetland mitigation project includes replacing non-native plants with native plants and the geese have destroyed $250,000 worth of native plants. A few non-lethal methods were tried - pyrotechnics and laser were mentioned. Spendiff is "looking into getting a dog", however, future round ups will be conducted if and when necessary.
HERE'S A THUMBNAIL DESCRIPTION OF THE MEADOWLANDS:
"The Hackensack Meadowlands (also called the Hackensack Meadows or New Jersey Meadowlands), broadly defined, comprise a large area of tidal and nontidal wetlands, wetland fill, and small natural uplands associated with the estuary of the Hackensack River from the Oradell Dam south to Newark Bay. Three centuries ago, the Meadowlands were predominantly a mosaic of Atlantic white cedar swamps, salt marshes, and other wetland and upland habitats. Today they are a system of fragmented and contaminated urban wetlands dotted with dumps, crisscrossed by highways, railroads, pipelines, and dikes, and closely surrounded by dense industrial, commercial, and residential development a few miles from Manhattan. Yet these degraded ecosystems are a magnet for migrant and breeding marsh, water, and shore birds and are inhabited by a moderate diversity of fish and other animals. They are also home to rare plants and have a moderate to high rate of marsh-plant productivity. Moreover, people are increasingly using the Meadowlands for recreation, nature tourism and study, and scientific research."
PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HACKENSACK MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION ROBERT R. CEBERIO EXPRESSING YOUR OUTRAGE AT THE ROUNDUP AND SLAUGHTER THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE:
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