Monday, May 6, 2013

Naturalist Eric Zeidler found a 50lb Snapping Turtle right near the Putnam Nature Trail in Van Cortlandt Park!

Why would our Parks Dept. want to threaten the turtles and so many others habitats with 1.5 miles of asphalt pavement?

The passage below is taken directly from the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy's web site, This is the SAME "Conservancy" which is promoting to pave asphalt and remove 400 trees from the Putnam Nature Trail. The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy's words and actions are very contradictory.

Why would a “Conservancy” and a Parks Dept. threaten the habitats of all these species? Why??

"A narrow belt of wetland forest still survives along the Putnam Trail around the open water, where pin oak and red maple trees grow above Solomon’s seal, Virginia creeper, marsh fern, and sensitive fern. Predators like barred owls and red–tailed hawks sometimes hunt in Van Cortlandt’s wetlands."

Sign our petition to Save the Putnam Nature Trail at,
Save taxpayer money, Save the environment, Save the Putnam Trail!
Save the Putnam Trail Campaign
“The Putnam Trail is a jewel. It’s a mindless, destructive and wasteful act to pave the Putnam Trail. To spend 100s of thousands of dollars or more to pave over this treasured parkland seems to be the antithesis of what a Parks Dept. should be doing”
--Eric Seiff, Chairman of the Board-Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

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