“If you ever come across anything suspicious like this item, please do not pick it up, contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance”
Noman’s Land, the tiny island off Chilmark that was used for decades as a bombing range, will remain closed to the public as an unstaffed wildlife refuge, and minimal further efforts will be made to remove unexploded munitions there, according to a decision issued this month by the U.S. Navy. Instead, the federal government will rely on better signage, a public awareness campaign and enforcement of restrictions on access to protect public health and safety. The decision, announced by the Navy and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, concluded years of study and followed a mixed reaction when first proposed for public comment in the fall of 2020. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) was among those urging the Navy to conduct a full cleanup of the site, while others, including Island naturalist Gus Ben David, lobbied for leaving Noman’s alone.
Photo: Uninhabited island off Chilmark is home to a rich array of wildlife, including seals, birds, snakes and turtles. Lisa Vanderhoop
If you find anything that appears to be an explosive device, do not touch it, leave it where it is and call the police. We will contact the appropriate agencies to properly dispose of the item.
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