FWS Proposes Management Options for Nomans Land

The public is being asked to comment on the future management of Nomans Island. Illustration by ##http://newenglandboating.com/author/dave## Dave Dauer##

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is soliciting public comment from Chilmark town residents on the future management of Nomans Land, the 628-acre chunk of sand, gravel and boulders 3 miles southwest of Squibnocket Point on Martha’s Vineyard.

Nomans Island Chart

The public is being asked to weigh in on 3 management options for the tiny island, once used as a bombing-practice site by the Navy, which transferred ownership of Nomans to FWS in 1998 after cleaning up some of the unexploded ordnance on the island.

Today the island serves as an important nesting site and migratory stopover for many species of birds.

The 3 alternative management plans, as reported in the Martha’s Vineyard Times, are:

  • A:  Maintain status quo management of the island as off-limits to the general public.
  • B:  Provide enhanced management and visitor services.
  • C:  Focus on species of concern on the island and enhance visitor services.

The final management plan will affect how Nomans is managed for the next 15 years. The public has until July 2 to comment on the plan.

A copy of the current draft management plan is available at  the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Learn more about Nomans Land Island National Wildlife Refuge.