This video clip helped promote Save West Island in 1987. 2008 Marks the 20th anniversary of it's successful mission. After almost two years of lobbying, fund raising and hard work by our group, it became "politically correct" for those who hesitated to finally join in and support our cause. A long awaited urgent message was received. In December of 1988 the Save West Island newsletter announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has concluded an agreement for the purchase and acquisition of over 338 acres of pristine wetlands and forestry of West Island for 1.6 million dollars. Tears of joy, disbelief, and relief befell the membership at the final meeting of Save West Island Inc. at the Fairhaven Town Hall. Today the land is known as The West Island State Reservation dedicated to my late dear friend and compatriot David L. Szeliga. The island reservation is a habitat for common, rare, resident and migratory birds. Save West Island Inc. received the distinguished National Award "A" from the National Audubon Society for "Excellence in Environmental Action". See menu bar above: West Isle STATE PARK for more info. Special thanks to Senator William Q. "Biff" MacLean,Jr. and all the membership and staff of SWI.
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