Not exactly sure how to respond to the natural forces of nature at work, other than:
1. Don't gloat. Those radical enviros and lawyers mentioned did so starting in 2008 and before. Their supposed superior knowledge and misinformation mobilized us. It took 8 years and Congressional action, but we made progress based on a science based, groundwork effort. The radical enviros may mobilize similarly now. Let's recognize the reasonable gains that have been accomplished, and keep moving forward.
2. A biologically science based approach by the current nps Caha administration has provided reasonable access and new intensive monitoring by an unbiased, cooperative staff doing counts and direct observation without interference by outside enviro forces. A reasonable person may conclude that the 2017 results are likely the same as the last nine years of fabricated(?) data when the areas were isolated from all but a very select few.
For the first time in a long time, we have an nps staff and superintendent who are committed to balancing reasonable access with intensive monitoring and direct, not indirect, observation. For this we must be thankful, but never, ever, rest.
Points taken, and appreciated. In response, no gloating was intended, as 2017 is no anomaly.
In our current world where “fake news” is a constant topic, the enviros you reference and their campaign of misinformation needs to be highlighted and countered with the same science they once touted against us.
Shorebird nesting success has been dismal since said enviros touted the one-year anomaly of PIPL “success” in 2010, as seen in the graphic below.
Their goal at the inception of the FR was stated as:
"Condition status was based on the park's short-term desired future conditions of 15 nesting pairs per year and an average fledge rate of 1.0 per pair as reflected in the recovery plan for the species (as defined in the Off-Road Vehicle Final Environmental Impact Statement)."
7 years later, the goal has only been met once, and in 2017 equaled exactly 0.00 chicks fledged. Notable is no major landfalling hurricanes during this period.
Let them mobilize as they may. We have the advantage of their own long term, irrefutable data on our side now, and own the scientific high ground.
While Spt. Hallac’s actions coupled with Congressional ones have brought some sanity back to CAHA access for all, your call for constant forward motion and no rest are consistent with what has been presented here, IMHO.
Thankful for the recent improvements? Yes. The new interdunal road from 49N is a Godsend.
Satisfied? No, not as long as the travesty that is the ludicrous and unused VFA at South Beach remains a reality, for starters.
This forum has gone dark on presenting these matters to the masses for far too long. Time to rekindle the fire.