At Brooks Park the NAP proposal
plans to designate 1.9 of the 3.5 acres as a “natural area”. The
rationale for this designation is not clear. There is no Federal or State listed
endangered or threatened animal or plant in this area. This area has no important
bird habitat and no plants that are even considered “sensitive” by local native plant advocates. The only possible rationale would be to protect two species of birds the local Audubon Society considers
“sensitive”. To this end, NAP proposes:
· Destruction of non-native plants
and shrubs at NAP discretion.
· Three cypress trees will be removed. Additionally, destruction of non-native saplings and seedlings (these are by common
definition trees) in this area shall be in total. NAP officials do not believe
they need to be accountable to the public for the number of seedlings or saplings they remove.
Please click here to see NAP Director Lisa Wayne's definition of a tree (refer to item #4)
· Reduction in “predation
pressure”. This would refer to the killing of feral cats and any other
wildlife NAP deems unacceptable.
· Closure of 456 feet of social
· Reintroduction of “sensitive”
species of plants.
This NAP proposal for Brooks
Park violates the underlying premise for NAP. As stated by NAP Director Lisa
Wayne, “preserve what is left of the original habitat and protect it from further
degradation…enhance these little remnants that are degraded”. There
is NO habitat here to protect; NAP intends to create a habitat. Does this desire to create habitat justify the destruction of wildlife, trees and plants, as well as the limitation
of recreational access to the public?
has refused to disclose the cost to create this habitat. Are these funds that
could better be spent elsewhere in the park system? Will there be the manpower
and funds to maintain this new habitat? Will it be sustainable?