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Final portion of Nisqually refuge boardwalk reopens

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2012 at 9:38 am with 2 Comments »
January 30, 2012 9:38 am

The last 700 feet of the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail reopened to public use today.

This stretch of the boardwalk includes the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

That portion of the 1-mile boardwalk had been closed since Oct. 22 for waterfowl hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on the refuge and adjoining state Department of Fish and Wildlife lands on McAllister Creek and to the north on the Nisqually tideflats.

The vieiwng platform gives visitors great views of Puget Sound, the western edge of the refuge and the top of Mount Rainier on a clear day.

The hike from the visitor center to the platform and back is four miles.

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  1. According to Webster’s dictionary the definition of refuge is
    1 : shelter or protection from danger or distress
    2: a place that provides shelter or protection
    and ex:
    So why in the H E double toothpicks is hunting permitted at the Nisqually wildlife refuge

  2. TOOCAN, the public is too cheap to pay taxes to own and preserve spaces like this, so private, not-for-profit groups like Ducks Unlimited have to do it. Several environmental groups also buy and preserve land, but Nisqualley was saved by contributions and agreements with Ducks Unlimited.

    Actually, Ducks Unlimited is one of the best of the hunting groups in using real science to determine hunting rules and restrictions and enforcing them with the hunters.

    I would rather the refuge be open to the public all year long, but this compromise was the only way to preserve this land.

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