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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Audubon Magazine Article

The National Audubon Society's "Audubon Magazine's Web Exclusives" current issue features an excellent article about the Ridgewood Reservoir:

Where the Wild Things Are
Local New York city activists fight to preserve an abandoned reservoir in New York City that has sprung to life.
By Jessica Leber

As devoted New York City birders, Heidi Steiner and Rob Jett thought they had visited all the reliable places to spot migrating songbirds or nesting waterfowl within their well-trodden urban stomping grounds. But in early 2007, in a city known for baring all, they discovered a place they had missed—an obscure haven known as the Ridgewood Reservoir. This former city water supply was abandoned nearly two decades ago, and during its neglect, nature repossessed the 50 acres. Now the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is exploring how to convert it into a park—one that’s part nature reserve and part athletic fields. Steiner and Jett, along with a group of community activists and nature enthusiasts, soon embarked on a campaign to preserve the full extent of this unlikely wilderness.

You can read the article in its entirety here.

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