Globe South Letter

Don’t forget: Nearly 200 vehicles can drop by Plymouth Long Beach daily

June 19, 2011

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Your report on Plymouth Long Beach and off-road vehicle access (“Storms set back plover nests, cut Long Beach vehicle access,’’ June 12) omitted crucial information on how this beach is managed for off-road vehicle use. A fact missing from the article is that 193 vehicles, out of a maximum 225, are permitted to drive and park along 2 miles of the 2.8 miles of Long Beach every day of the year, irrespective of whether the crossover gate is open or closed.

Thanks to the success of reducing some of the impact of beach driving, piping plovers are slowly making a recovery. However, plovers face ever-increasing threats from off-road vehicles, oil spills, and rising sea levels, and it will take more time and effort for the species to recover fully.

The Goldenrod Foundation has made an offer to the Town of Plymouth to share the cost of a feasibility study for a public access shuttle to Plymouth Long Beach in an effort to provide greater access for more people with less damage to rare species habitat.

Scott Hecker
Executive Director
Goldenrod Foundation