17 Feb 2017
- By Junhan B. Todiño - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council supports the creation of the Susupe Lake Wildlife Park as proposed in the bill introduced by Speaker Ralph Demapan.
In a letter to the speaker, municipal council chairman Luis John Castro said the park should be managed “in cooperation with the Saipan mayor’s office and other non-government conservation or environmental groups or organizations.”
Demapan said House Bill 20-13 aims to protect endangered wildlife species and their habitats, and save Susupe Lake and its surrounding wetlands.
According to the bill, the surrounding wetlands are being destroyed by erosion and water runoff from the nearby hill sides, and by polluters.
Demapan said the Susupe park will be open to small business concessions and other attractive public amenities for the enjoyment of the local people, their families and tourists. But these amenities must be appropriate to the environment, he added.
The bill states that the Department of Lands and Natural Resources-Division of Parks and Recreation will prepare the development plan which will show and describe the areas open to the public as well as pathways, public amenities, concessions, a small board dock, a floating dock, public restrooms, a parking area and other features that are necessary for the park’s development and operations.