Honoring a Way of Life
Growing up on Tangier Island has been a great privilege to me
because, although I would love to play sports in a school away from
the island, you simply cannot find better hospitality or better people
than Tangiermen. Tangier is one of the very few places left in the
world where you can walk out of your front door and know that
everyone’s looking out for you.
CBF has been a big factor in making my young life on Tangier amazing. Last summer I
participated in the Student Leadership program. It taught me leadership skills and helped
me make some amazing life-long friends. In the summer, I work on the island as a first
mate aboard the crabbing vessel Alona Rehab. Captain Lonnie Moore has taught me a lot
of what I know about working on the water; I couldn’t ask for a better role model. In my
opinion, the Bay is extremely valuable because it provides jobs for everyone I know on
Tangier. It is very important to me that we do all that we can to preserve the Chesapeake
Bay due to all the lives that are negatively affected when we allow it to be polluted.
Protecting Our Resources
There are many reasons to save nature from
development: the protection of water quality,
habitat, and our favorite critters. But, often,
it’s the emotional connection to a place that has
inspired our protective instincts to prevail.