Boro planning to restore the Slade Dale Sanctuary

Beaver Dam Park in Point Pleasant. FILE PHOTO

POINT PLEASANT — Along Beaverdam Creek, off Dorsett Dock Road, lies the Slade Dale Sanctuary, which over the years has served as home to an osprey tower and a breeding ground for fish, birds and other wildlife.

Weather anomalies and other natural processes have caused the 13-acre preserve and its shoreline to erode approximately 300 feet since 1930, and current vegetation composition of the site shows evidence of marsh retreat.

According to officials, progress is slowly being made toward plans to halt the erosion and regain marsh habitat, with the goal of restoring the sanctuary to its former glory.

While a project design has been established, approval and cooperation from state entities are still currently needed, Dennis Blazak, member of the borough environmental com- mission and community plans and liaison officer at Naval Weapons Station Earle, said.

“The project is designed. Permits are being submitted to both the state DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] and Army Corps of Engineers,” he said July 5.

“The American Littoral Society [ALS] is partnering with the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife so that agreement will hopefully be signed soon.

“We believe we will get our final approval from the state this summer. Once we get that we’ll begin putting some of the elements of the restoration plan into action later this year.”

According to officials, the project includes the construction of a branchbox breakwater and several Christmas tree vanes, as well as the planting of native species.

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