Help save Cape Hatteras National Park for ORV access
Hello everyone I wanted to take a moment and please ask for your support in asking everyone to help save the beaches at Cape Hatteras National Recreational Park.
In April of this year the beaches were closed to fishing, swimming, surfing, shell collecting and family time on the beach because of special interest groups. The special interest groups took the management out of the National Park Service hands to manage it under a "consent decree" This has caused massive devistation to the economy causing loss of jobs, forclosure's on homes and up to a 41% drop in local business on the island. Hatteras island has no manufacture's, no large scale retail chains so the island depends on local business owners and the tourism in which to live. Please take a moment to check out www.islandfreepress.org then take 2 minutes to sign the petition below. Your help is urgent in this matter. Thank you
Just want to show my ignorance
I don't intend to offend. I have never been to the OBX, but I am confused on what I've been reading about the ORV ban. I keep seeing it's a ban on ORV use but I also see comments like "the beaches are closed to fishing, swimming, surfing, shell collecting and family time on the beach". Is this in addition to the ORV ban?
I don't want to be blasted, I am honestly just someone who is not directly affected and just want to understand what is actually happening. :confused:
Fin that is a great question. Let me explain
Dr. Bubba just pasted a wonderful link to everything that happens on our island. In a nutshell, the park service was sued by special interest groups to completely close all beaches that had 3 certain types of birds "in the area" they close if in the event any of these 3 types of birds show breading behavior. We are not talking 1 or 2 miles here. I have to opportunity to help measure what's open and what's not. We have approx 70 miles of beach to have fun on. 59 miles this year was closed due to the birds. Let me tell you I support taking care of wildlife however to close a beach for mulitple miles around 1 bird (yes I said 1 bird) has caused really bad economic impact on our island. I have friends that have lost there jobs and business close down also seen houses under forclosure. Dare & Hyde counties do not have manufacturing or corporate offices, Dare & Hyde county and the public count on tourist. When the Audubon and Defenders of Wildlife sued the NPS and won, well lets just say "Save a bird, Kill an Island" Thanks for your request. Please read the website and help us by contacting your local senator.
All the facts, testimony in support of legislation
This should clarify all issues. How much has been effectively closed to ALL.
Documentation that the immediate action was NOT required.
Documentation that bird and turtle productivity has NOT improved under the consent decree.
Documentation that the consent decree results in excessive costs with little or no benefit.
Allow SELC et al. to succeed and you will see more an more areas closed to ALL, i.e. CALO, Assatuge, etc. It is our land managers operating under NEPA that should control our resource management policies not private groups who look at one aspect only--resource management. To make my point more clear, ask yourself, what is the most effective resource management policy? Of course total closure of any area that may be used. Is this type of management policy necessary or feasible?
We all tend to forget, humans are part of nature--that is, unless you take the stance that humans are non indengenous species brought here by aliens.
Very Good Questions and Answers
You have a lot of usefull information that everyone is giving you to research and explore. I fish with some of these guy's and live close to them. Take the time to read up on it and get everyone you know involved. We need everyone's help to keep the beaches "FREE and OPEN. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to email me direct at