Date: 5/30/19 5:35 am From: d pan <birdmandan813...> Subject: [wisb] Follow up- Interurban bike trail disruption Oz county
A week has passed since I posted about the destruction of active nesting sites along this trail by ATC (American Transmission Company). I received lots of encouragement from many members of this list with ideas and support- I started by calling USFWS in Wisconsin- They referred me to the MN office - charged with mid-west avian issues. This office suggested that the combination of the current administration, some previous court rulings, and the company's (ATC) need to clear power company right-of-ways (just doing their job) wouldn't support a lawsuit (worst case scenario) to stop them from continuing their work clear cutting habitat during the nesting season (referred to as incidental take by USFWS).
On a local level, I have communicated my dissatisfaction to the Ozaukee county planning and parks and received a response that they will try to contact our power supplier (WE Energies) in hopes of initiating contact with the proper ATC official to work out an understanding...........
Meanwhile, during most of this past week, brush clearing has continued, my disappointment has grown, and more and more birds have wondered where their nests have gone-