[Tweeters] Big Ditch access closed
bcholtcodevlin at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 09:20:59 PDT 2021
Thank you for posting this.
It is truly terrible what some unconscionable people do in our region. I
was at the Auburn M Street Marsh two weeks ago and some people had set up a
big tent (gone now), but used the path to the back pond as a human toilet
with feces all over the place. There is dangerous trash all over. I used to
feel comfortable going there, but last week, in the middle of the road, two
cars met in the middle of the road facing in opposite directions, clearly
doing a drug deal. I didn't even get out of my car.
It is sad, because we live in such a beautiful, rich area for enjoying
On Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 9:07 AM Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sadly, too many people with bad actions have lead to another summer closer
> of the Big Ditch Access Area in Skagit County. Here is the WDFW press
> release text sent out earlier this week:
> *Big Ditch Access Area near Stanwood will close until Oct. 1*
> MILL CREEK – Due to significant impacts caused by unlawful activities and
> a need to protect public safety, the Big Ditch Access Area
> <https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/water-access-sites/30492> along Pioneer
> Highway near Stanwood will be closed June 9 through Oct. 1, 2021. Dike
> district personnel and neighboring farm owners will still have
> administrative access.
> Belinda Rotton, wildlife area manager for the Washington Department of
> Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the site has seen high levels of trash
> dumping, vandalism, and target shooting. Area visitors and neighbors have
> complained about these activities and the local dike district is concerned
> about potential infrastructure damages.
> Bird watchers and waterfowl hunters use the site most often for access to
> the Skagit Bay Estuary during the fall and winter.
> “Since we’re seeing most of the site challenges in the summer, we think
> the seasonal closure can help address issues with a relatively low
> recreational impact,” said Rotton.
> The Big Ditch Access Area is within the Skagit Wildlife Area
> which contains a little over 16,700 acres of wildlife habitat, including
> open water, island shoreline, tidal mudflats and marshes, forested uplands,
> and managed agricultural (diked) lands. This range of habitats provide
> necessary resources for aquatic and terrestrial species such as ducks,
> geese, swans, raptors, and shorebirds.
> By actively managing lands, restoring habitats, and preserving wild
> places, WDFW serves as stewards for Washington’s natural places, protecting
> the state’s land and water for people, fish, and wildlife. WDFW works to
> preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while
> providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial
> Martha Jordan
> Everett, WA
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