U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge planner Carl Melberg looked around as Noman’s Land came into view. “Some of the old guys remember parking their boats off Noman’s and watching the fighter jets come by,” he recalled. “It was like watching fireworks out there.”
Closed to the public since the 1930s, on Tuesday I had the chance to accompany the Fish and Wildlife Service, the guardians of the island, on their most recent visit to the Noman’s Land Island National Wildlife Refuge.