Submitted by Admin on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:06

After claiming for years how environmentally sensitive the Putnam Nature Trail is the NYC Parks Department felt it was unnecessary to perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to its proposal to pave 1.5 acres of asphalt on the Putnam Nature Trail.

An environmental impact statement (EIS), under United States environmental law, is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for certain actions "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment".[1] An EIS is a tool for decision making. It describes the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed action. (source: Wikipedia)

We don’t know how the Parks Dept. determined that paving 1.5 acres of asphalt on the Putnam Nature Trail would NOT significantly affect the quality of the human environment? We have over 2000 people on our petition who have written passionately how it will negatively impact their experience with nature and the environment.

Something just doesn’t add up here. Who stands to gain from the Parks Dept. pushing this project through without the proper environmental reviews??

Remember that you generously write a check for $337 million every year (almost $1 million a day) to the NYC Parks Dept. You generously write this check so the Parks Dept. can protect and preserve your Parks! Nature can’t be destroyed for free, it takes money. Let’s stop funding the destruction of nature.

“The Putnam Trail is a jewel. It’s a mindless, destructive and wasteful act to pave the Putnam Trail. To spend 100s of thousands of dollars or more to pave over this treasured parkland seems to be the antithesis of what a Parks Dept. should be doing”

Eric Seiff, Chairman of the Board-Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

New Video on Putnam Nature Trail.

Please watch the recent video of Gotta Run with Will. Will Sanchez’s guest IS the Putnam Nature Trail. View countless citizen’s voice their passions about why they love the Putnam Nature Trail and why they feel it’s disastrous to pave the trail with asphalt and remove 400 trees.

Save taxpayer money, Save the environment, Save the Putnam Trail!

Save the Putnam Trail Campaign