REMINGTON WOODS

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PROTECT & PRESERVE REMINGTON WOODS

 

Save Remington Woods because woodlands like this don’t appear out of nowhere,

they must be preserved

 

Sierra Club Connecticut is working to protect and preserve Remington Woods for the health and enjoyment of community.  Remington Woods is a 422-acre forest in Bridgeport and Stratford Connecticut with a 23-acre lake, wetlands, forest and meadows. It is home to at least 70 species of birds, and other animals.

 

What is the threat?

Dupont owns the property.  It is closed to the public while they clean up munitions from previous use. Once cleaned up, it could be an oasis for wildlife and for us or it could be destroyed for corporate profit.  Dupont hopes to develop a large unneeded commercial / industrial complex that would destroy the woods and build unnecessary buildings. Such a proposal would necessitate the development of a four-lane highway from I-95 north to the site. Building a highway will require multiple steps, such as satisfying Federal Highway Environmental Justice standards. It will cost taxpayers astronomical sums and it will take many years to realize. Most employees would be white collar workers from the suburbs and their commuter traffic hours will put unconscionable stress on I-95 and on Bridgeport’s high air pollution and health problems.

 

Why protect and preserve it?

The vision of a forest community and wildlife preserve is priceless. There are no trade-offs because there are better, greener and more community-based ways to increase employment opportunities. A protected Remington Woods will bring new life to the region and leave a legacy of life for future generations.  Fairfield County has the least forested area in the state. Destroying Remington Woods would be a tragic and irreplaceable loss. 

 

Forests provide a much-needed wildlife sanctuary. Deforestation leaves no place for wildlife to go. 

 

A forest community provides real needed benefits to the surrounding human community 24/7 for free. It cleans water and air, cools air, calms winds, provides habitat and food for wildlife, protects from floods, gives oxygen, holds carbon, reduces global warming. It increases property values, lowers electrical rates. It helps combat global climate destruction, pollution and deforestation.  

 

It offers both physical and mental health benefits. The area has high air pollution. Asthma rates are lower around wooded lands. It can lower the stresses of urban living. From a relaxing walk to a profound connection with nature, experiencing forest enhances life. Children who spend time in forests are more equipped to succeed at life.  

 

Develop elsewhere

Industrial and commercial buildings sitting empty throughout the area could be revitalized rather than destroying Remington Woods.   An enlightened approach should be a win-win-win for Bridgeport and Stratford. Save Remington Woods, use existing empty buildings for new enterprise, and improve the city and create jobs by refurbishing its older buildings. 

 

Additional Resources

Video exploring the Woods, and issues surrounding it

Join the effort

Do you want to help Save Remington Woods?  Please contact samantha.dynowski@sierraclub.org.  Follow us on Facebook @SaveRemingtonWoods 

Radio Interview about Remington Woods on WVOF