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What Opportunities Are There For Eco-Tourism in Rockaway?

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Given Rockaway's strong need to sustain the local ecosystems and create employment opportunities for locals, this seems like a no brainer. How many ideas can we think of?

This article/site lays out some basic categories to aid thinking - https://www.allaboutcareers.com/careers/career-path/ecotourism

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RBA

Jamaica Bay virtual reality display with MIT - talk to JBRPC. Could be an immersive experience.

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RBA

Make a survey about what people would want to see on the bayside - parasailing, stand up paddle boarding. People could try their new ecotourism project at the Jamaica Bay event -

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Hope A

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/cerc/danoff-burg/RestoringNYC/RestoringNYC_R... Looks like Columbia U has an invested interest in the plovers habitat, it's an '06 paper, i wonder what the progress has been
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Hope A

Reading up on the history, once the center for the railroad development, turned "new york's playground", and then that infamous unbuilt parkway of Robert Mose's the road to nowhere...wonder what deconstruction of that unfinished road would do...unsplit the residences, free up wetlands to help with filtration, maybe even a possible construction for storm-surge barriers..need to keep digging.

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Hope A

Okay, you've piqued my interest, let me look into these ecos of rockaways..

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Hope A

I was thinking the same thing. Also combining the two, yoga on stand-up paddleboards, not sure how long that trend will last! Speaking of culture, the rockaways was always a big fisherman community right? I wonder if there could be a sustainable fishing tour (not sure if that is an oxy-moron) or something that incorporates its history, pays homage to it but at the same time pushes the community foward.

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Rose H

A bit of surf cutlure has already begun in Rockaways. What about surf/yoga retreats?

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Sean

Yeah there are wetlands, but also interesting inlets, canals, a bay with lots of islands and sandbars, dunes and oceanfront landscapes, and the Atlantic Ocean of course.

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Sean

hmm that's a good question. There is a national park right there surprisingly enough, but not sure if it has a center. Will ad as a quick question

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Hope A

What are the main ecosystems in rockaway, wetlands?

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Hope A

So living in Costa Rica, major hub for ecotourism, the most popular options that could work in rockaway would be zip lining, natural walks (maybe some nature bathing!!), are there sustainable wildlife/ conservation centers?

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admin

I've seen a lot of old cranes in some of the harbors. While they'd of course need to be checked for stability, it could be really cool to have a zip-line course that goes between the cranes and over wetlands/canals

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We should think of all of these ecological things people could be educated about and turn those into engaging activities.

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