A 1988 Save West Island Newsletter
SAVE WEST ISLAND
What is it, and what does it mean to you?
As you read the history of West Island, you will learn (or be reminded) that this beautiful part of Fairhaven is more than just another Buzzards Bay island. It's unique character goes beyond its history, however for the majority of the island, the entire east shore, has never been developed and is accessible from the mainland. In short, it is one of the very few places left around Buzzards Bay where the average family can enjoythe untouched beauty of coastal nature without bumping into either "NO ADMITTANCE" signs or megabucks development.
SAVE WEST ISLAND, Inc. was the brainchild of a few Fairhaven natives who were willing to work to save this irreplaceable public asset. Those few have been joined by a lot more of us who feel that the undeveloped east shore should stay as it has been for hundreds of years - so that our children and their children can enjoy it as we and generations before us have enjoyed it.
Accomplishing this will not be easy. Anyone who has glanced at the real estate section of the Sunday papers or has been on Buzzards Bay waters in the last few years is familiar with the dwindling amount of waterfront land still available and the breath taking rise in the price of such land. The potential for wall-to-wall development has never been higher. On a more down to earth level, the island's ecology has been on a precarious balance for years. The island's limited fresh water aquifer and the waste disposal needs of existing homes have been on a collision course for some time. The pristine nature of the eastern shore shellfish beds is, at least partly, the result of their distance from this man-made intrusion.
SAVE WEST ISLAND, Inc. has as its goal the development of a consortium of private and public funding sources which may gain title to the land and preserve it, in its unspoiled state for our and future generations. In order tom accomplish this, we need to publicize the value of such action and possibly serve as a catalyst in bringing together potential funding sources. The Town of Fairhaven earmarked this land for conservation purposes many years ago, and this spring reaffirmed its intention through near unanimous Town Meeting approval of SAVE WEST ISLAND, Inc. sponsored resolution to formally concur with this goal.
We look forward to having your help in our efforts.
Fred Ryan, President
SAVE WEST ISLAND, Inc.