Save Our Shorelines
Without input from the community, RIOC revealed a plan to extend Southpoint Park East/West shorelines by completely decimating the island’s wildlife and native plant habitats for the sole purpose of paving paths to increase visitors-access.
Why RIOC Plan is Unwise
360 trees will be bulldozed down along with all vegetation. It is an environmental disaster, it’s disastrous to trees, plants, native and migratory birds, small mammals, large mammals, marsupials, native insects and pollinators, that live on those shorelines. It will deprive residents, visitors, their children and future generations from having the last places where to observe wildlife on Roosevelt Island.
Short-sighted and unnecessary, as there is already ample walking, viewing, all accessible to residents/visitors on both sides. A missed opportunity to help heal the planet by protecting shoreline habitats where mammals, waterfowl, marsupials, amphibians, birds and insects find food, refuge and a place to breed and nest.
What is a Better Option?
- Preserve and restore those shoreline habitats. It is a natural patrimony!
- Educate residents and visitors to the natural wonders of the Island. Educate to respect our last precious sliver of paradise.
- Safely remove invasive vegetation and replace it with native plants that nourish mammals, waterfowl, amphibians, birds, pollinators and other beneficial insects.