Maintain Funding for South Shore Nature Center

Target: Islip Supervisor Tom Croci

Goal: To convince the town of Islip to continue funding the South Shore Nature Center.

The South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, New York is a wonderful and diverse natural habitat for a variety of native Long Island wildlife as well as a sanctuary for many species of migratory birds. This nature center has existed since 1977, providing 206 acres of protected land for the benefit of both wildlife and nature lovers alike in addition to being frequented by students from local schools. It also serves as a triumph to maintaining a balance with nature as it features elevated boardwalks throughout, which allow people to observe and be close to the natural environment without disturbing it.

The 206 acre region of the nature center is an immense boon to Long Island, providing the public with nearly two miles of walking trails that are frequented by over 10,000 visitors every year. In addition, the center provides a museum with an onsite naturalist and year round access which has recently been expanded. This shows just how vital and valuable the preserve has been to the area, with its importance only growing.

Despite this, the Town of Islip recently voted to eliminate funding entirely for the South Shore Nature Center and all employment associated with the preserve. This threatens to not only close down the services this preserve provides, but also impacts the wellbeing of wildlife that have come to depend upon the protection these 206 acres in order to survive. The modest costs are far outweighed by the benefit the South Shore Nature Center provides as both an educational tool and environmental preserve. It must not be left unfunded and unprotected merely to save a few dollars. Demand that Islip save this valuable community resource.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Supervisor Croci,

East Islip’s South Shore Nature Center provides the Long Island area with a valuable resource as well as a diverse natural habitat for wildlife both local and migratory to thrive in. This nature center was first established in 1977 and provides 206 acres of protected land for the benefit of both the aforementioned wildlife and nature lovers alike. It also serves as an important tool and resource for students from local schools. Beyond this, the preserve also provides a tremendous example of balance with nature, featuring elevated boardwalks throughout that allow people to observe and be close to the natural environment without disturbing it. In addition, the site provides the public with nearly two miles of walking trails that are frequented by over 10,000 visitors every year. The center also provides a museum with an onsite naturalist and year round access, something that stems from the center’s operations recently being expanded. This shows just how vital and valuable the preserve has been to the area, an importance that is still on the rise.

In spite of the center’s importance, the Town of Islip recently voted to eliminate funding for the site, as well as for any of its employees. This would be a mistake that threatens to not only close down the services this preserve provides, but also threaten the wellbeing of wildlife that depend upon the protection of these 206 acres in order to survive. The modest costs are entirely offset by the benefit this preserve provides for both the environment and the public. It is with this in mind that I urge you to keep the South Shore Nature Center alive by preserving its funding. It cannot be allowed to be lost for the sake of saving just a few dollars.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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