WESTFIELD, NJ — A local Boy Scout looking to spruce up a bird sanctuary just off of Dunham Avenue has gotten the municipal government’s sanction to do so.
Kevin Stokes obtained the Town Council’s approval Jan. 15 to install 10 birdhouses in the preserve bordered by Summit Avenue, Clifton Street and Tice Place. His Eagle Scout project is the latest in a series of improvements for the forested area.
“They’re going to be built for American Goldfinch birds because they’re the most common birds here in New Jersey,” Kevin told the council. “I’m going to get the wood, and my grandfather and I are going to cut the wood.”
With the help of his fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 73, Kevin said, he would then install the boxes for birds.
The preserve, which tax maps show as 2 acres of town-owned land, has previously received local scouts attention. In September, members of Girl Scout Troop 40861 gained the council’s approval to build bat boxes in the forested area.
In 2012, a Boy Scout sought to clean up what was then described as a neglected area, which was closed to the public following an excess of dirt biking and vandalism occurring in the 1990s.
Extensive improvements to the forest’s ailing trails continued with another Eagle Scout project in 2013, following Superstorm Sandy.
Councilman Doug Stokes, Kevin's father, did not formally weigh in on the government decision.
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