NERR Support Letter Template
Please copy the letter below into an email and send to Neil Jacobs, Ph.D. at Neil.Jacobs@noaa.gov and cc Nicole Le Boeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1, 2019
Dr. Neil Jacobs
Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20230
Subject: Support for the designation of the proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) nomination
Dear Acting Under Secretary Jacobs:
I am (We are) writing to express support for the timely review of Connecticut’s nomination package to establish a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in areas of Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River estuary and Bluff Point and Haley Farm State Parks.
The proposed Connecticut site provides critical habitat for birds, fish, and other marine and coastal species of plants and animals in the region and will add valuable scientific contributions to the national NERRS program. The proposed CT NERR site has received the enthusiastic support of state, local and private organizations and community leaders who recognize the benefits locally and nationally of additional research and knowledge regarding our estuarine environment.
The proposed CT NERR will help provide valuable opportunities to advance relevant science, monitoring, education and stewardship efforts. We expect to rely on practical tools, provided by regionally-knowledgeable environmental experts that are connected to the work of other Reserves as well as the national program. The expertise of the NERRS are nationally significant and locally relevant in helping coastal communities protect and manage vital estuary systems and become more self-reliant in facing the increasing environmental challenges of changing climatic conditions.
I (We), therefore request your timely review of nomination for the Connecticut Reserve, followed by its designation.