This petition closed over 1 year ago
Congressman Turner wants to change the name of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to the James L. Buckley Visitor Center. Turner's proposed name change has neglected to allow for public comment and input from local residents, refuge visitors and supporters, community and environmental groups. As stated by Laura McKenna, "'Jamaica Bay' identifies the refuge geographically, 'Wildlife' emphasizes its mission and the nature of the creatures that live there or that depend on it as a stopover to other places, and 'Refuge' underscores the need to protect those creatures and their habitats. Changing the name will neutralize all of those things." The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is the gateway the last piece of urban wild left in New York City, and it is the bay, Jamaica Bay, that makes the center a place worth visiting. The name should most certainly reflect that.