New Hampshire's Seacoast environment is nothing less than spectacular. 65,000 people live within the boundaries of the 8 towns in State Senate District 24. Thousands of visitors flock to our shoreline communities to enjoy the pristine beauty of our 18 miles of direct Atlantic rugged coastline and beaches and the 235 miles of estuarine shoreline including Great Bay and several tidal rivers. If elected I would work tirelessly to protect our unique, complex, and fragile environment; support conservation efforts to maintain the preservation of these natural resources and our special quality of life here in the Seacoast. While there are many laws and regulations already in place to manage and protect our region, there is so much more to do. Educating the public and preserving our sensitive ecosystems in addition to effectively manage our wildlife is just a start. We in NH love our recreation and tourism. There is much more to do to enable public access to our public lands, estuaries, lakes, and rivers and move forward to find the balance so that families can enjoy our beautiful ocean, lakes, mountains and forests and at the same time ensures methods to protect them.
We need to listen to the experts at UNH that have been studying the Great Bay for a number of years and move forward with sensible steps to ensure its health and stability. The Great Bay Estuary is one of New Hampshire's most unique treasures, not only known for recreation, but as a habitat for hundreds of species of fish and wildlife ecosystems protected by the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge and the Great Bay National Marine Estuary. Coastal and estuarine environments have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, and aesthetic value. Great Bay distinguishes the Seacoast region from other parts of the state; however, it also has the fastest growing parts of the state. There are many areas of Great Bay and the Seacoast's regional wetlands that remain vulnerable to encroachment. I support and will continue to support balanced protection of our wetlands and natural habitats in conjunction with local communities to meet the needs of an increasing regional population. Coastal Zone Management programs currently prevent and abate coastal pollution, foster community stewardship, and provide awareness of our coastal resources to protect and encourage a viable economy and growing infrastructure. We need to look to ways to support innovative actions that will both meet the environmental needs and respect costs to our local tax payers.