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Jan 7, 2019 4:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge In Noyac Bears Traces Of Government Shutdown

Elizabeth A Morton National Wildlife Refuge.  ELIZABETH VESPE
Jan 7, 2019 4:46 PM

The Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac, along with thousands of other national parks, is facing the effects of a lack of funding during the federal government shutdown.

The 187-acre peninsula on Noyac and Little Peconic bays, which consists of fields, ponds, a salt marsh, beaches and a lagoon, will go unstaffed until funding from the federal government is accessible again.

“Please enjoy your public lands but take out what you bring in,” a notice that was duct-taped to the trash and recycling bins at the Morton Wildlife Refuge said on Monday afternoon. Garbage pick-up has been cut off at the park, as well as at thousands of other parks nationwide.

Hikers and bird enthusiasts will be still be able to visit the Noyac refuge at their own risk. A notice on the visitors center station says, “Visitors are advised to use caution if choosing to enter units of the National Wildlife Refuge System … Any entry during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.”

There is another national park on the South Fork, the 36-acre Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the shore of Atlantic Beach in Amagansett on Atlantic Avenue. However, there are no amenities there, and only the beach section of the refuge is open to the public, while the dune area is always closed to entry.

The U.S. Department of the Interior along with the Fish and Wildlife Service sent out a notice on December 21, 2018, stating that as of December 26, all units of the National Wildlife Refuge System nationwide would be closed to public visitation and use. Only a relatively small number of “excepted personnel” will be on duty during the shutdown period at the larger and more dangerous parks, the letter states. The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages national lands and waters set aside for conservation of America’s fish, wildlife and plants. A variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, eastern chipmunk, chickadees, turtles, green frogs, songbirds and osprey call the Morton Refuge their home.

Typically, the Elizabeth Morton Refuge opens half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset. No pets are allowed on the refuge because their presence may disturb wildlife. Poison ivy and ticks are found seasonally and guests are urged to stay on the trails to limit exposure.

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I was there on Sunday and cleaned the rest room ,the floor covered with paper and water..Sad take a picture and publish perhaps President Trump supporters will volunteer and clean up the garbage.
By watchdog1 (527), Southampton on Jan 8, 19 7:56 AM
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By MoronEliminator (198), Montauk on Jan 8, 19 9:08 AM
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We should convert this underused park into affordable housing for undocumented workers with jobs cleaning up the large estates in Easthampton and Southampton. Supervisor Schneiderman tells is this is our moral imperative.
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Jan 8, 19 8:35 AM
We should also pave our beaches from Westhampton to Montauk as a way to alleviate traffic (small bridges required for some inlets and ponds)
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (687), southampton on Jan 8, 19 9:34 AM
Why can't we pick up after our selfs? Just take out what you've brought.
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Jan 8, 19 9:53 AM
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lol, good one!
Have you ever been to any of our beaches...try telling that to our local dog owner friends.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (687), southampton on Jan 8, 19 10:02 AM
The nastiness on this site never ceases to amaze me.
By Taz (637), East Quogue on Jan 8, 19 10:16 AM
Greedy federal employees believe they deserve a paycheck, they aren't MAGAing by whining about not being able to afford their basic life necessities : /

Is there some sort of delay with Mexico paying for our president's proposed border wall? The president publicly told the U.S. over twenty times that Mexico would pay for the wall and trump is a trustworthy man-- we just have to wait a little longer and Mexico will pay for the wall.
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Jan 8, 19 10:40 AM
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By MoronEliminator (198), Montauk on Jan 8, 19 11:06 AM
International wire transfer + currency conversion can take a while. We should have had Mexico pay us in Bitcoin.
By Pacman (251), Southampton on Jan 9, 19 9:15 AM
The families of Officer Singh and the others killed by illegal fugitives of US immigration law each year send their condolences about the outhouse at your nature walk in the Hamptons...
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Jan 8, 19 7:11 PM
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sorry for the loss of your friend. how does the family know about the issue at Morton - do they have some connection to the area?
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (687), southampton on Jan 12, 19 11:32 AM
According to the Department of Homeland Security, as of Jan 4th 2016, about 416,500 people overstayed their US visas in fiscal year 2015. People who overstay their visa comprise 45%-66% of all unauthorized US immigrants. One nation had more than twice the number of visa overstays than the second place nation -- Canada had 93,035 visual overstays in 2015 compared with Mexico's 42,114 overstays.
On another note, the time to be negative GS, BAC, FB, AAPL, etc is upon us, the past two months ...more
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Jan 9, 19 10:44 AM
As Supervisor Schneiderman tells us:
“You can’t just create demand for labor and just magically expect that labor to appear,” he said. “I think it’s a moral imperative that we house a larger portion of our workforce.”
He explained that the town is always looking for opportunities to create affordable housing."
This is good opportunity -- let us turn a portion of the Wildflife Refuge into a Honduran Refugee Center -- put up tents, and take in a portion ...more
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Jan 9, 19 1:56 PM
We wouldn't need a wall if they would just deport those that came in illegally. Enough already. Do one or the other. Or both.
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jan 11, 19 9:23 PM
@ Pigroast -- How do you propose our country "just deport those that came in illegally"?
According to the Department of Homeland Security there were 11.4 million undocumented people living in the US in 2012. IMHO, it is logistically impossible to deport 3% of the total US population and even attempting to do so would be economically disastrous. Please inform us how wrong I am ; )
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Jan 14, 19 1:51 PM
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I would start with those driving while intoxicated, selling dope, using false id, robbery, homicide, etc. Shall I keep going?
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jan 14, 19 7:11 PM
Yes please pigroast, keep going. Out of the 11.4 million + undocumented people living in the US, how many drive while intoxicated, sell dope, use fake Id's or commit robbery/homicide? How did you come to this figure?
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Jan 14, 19 9:33 PM
Ask the police. I didn't provide figures....
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jan 15, 19 5:57 PM
Make America Great Again. 2020
By watchdog1 (527), Southampton on Jan 15, 19 7:47 PM
"Outside of Rochester, Tony Bartolucci, a pastor, and his daughter were struck by an unlicensed, undocumented driver on their way to buying a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve in 2015. His daughter, Giana, 14, died six months later after brain surgery.

“It was the second time that he was caught in the country illegally,” Mr. Bartolucci said. “And both times were due to his being drunk while driving. Obviously, if he wasn’t in the country illegally, it wouldn’t ...more
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Jan 16, 19 11:42 AM
According to a report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, more than 752,000 undocumented immigrants would be eligible for driver’s licenses in New York State, and of that number, roughly 265,000 would apply.
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Jan 16, 19 11:43 AM
It would be great to have the number of accidents with people who don't have a driver's locemse, here are some overall stats:

There were 304,804 crashes in New York state in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available. Of those, 1,109 were fatal and 1,188 people were killed, according to a DMV report.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in 7,587 accidents, including 132 that were fatal, and more than 4,000 injuries were blamed on drunken-driving statewide.

Another ...more
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Jan 17, 19 3:50 AM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser