Your Help Is Needed Today!
The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina strongly objects to the recent off road vehicle (ORV) restrictions and resource “buffers” for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area (CHNSRA) imposed by the National Park Service (NPS). For more than half a century the recreational fishing public, as well as general beach users, has had free and open access to CHNSRA beaches. We need YOUR help to pass H.R. 4094. Introduced in the US House of Representatives, this bill will restore the previous “interim rules” and allow year-round access to the general public. This vote is scheduled for the House floor on Tuesday, June 19. Take action NOW!
As it currently stands, CHNSRA access will now be held hostage by the NPS. The decision to implement these restrictions has been from baseless science promoted by a few misguided environmental groups. These groups have misrepresented the facts, in this instance, by citing successful nesting of birds and turtles when compared to years when major storms destroyed their nests. In fact, there has never been any indication that ORVs were a major cause of harm to these animals.
Please take a moment and click below to send a note to your elected officials asking their support of HR 4094 and voicing your support for the National Park Service to restore access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area to its original intent, year round access by all citizens. Further, send this note on to all of your friends who want free and open beaches in our Outer Banks.
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-This is one for the books: CCA is finally coming around and seeing the unintended consequences of many agendas they have been pushing for decades. Funny, I decided two years ago to never renew my membership with them.... I am now renewing today.
Oyster Catcher and Plover woowoos need not post....
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Jun 19, 2012, 12:07 PM #1
HR 4094: Cape Hatteras National Seashore RECREATION AREA
Jun 19, 2012, 01:57 PM #2
Just got off the phone with my congressman asking him to support.
Jun 20, 2012, 01:22 PM #3
Jun 20, 2012, 01:36 PM #4
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Jun 20, 2012, 05:35 PM #5
Cool. On a side note, does anybody know if fat bikes are considered ORVs? I'm visiting friends on Ocracoke in September and I'm thinking about bringing my bike to ride the beach. Does an ORV have to have an engine or just wheels?
Jun 20, 2012, 07:17 PM #6
This summer I plan to mess with the NPS to no end on the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act. My "service dog" Great Dane will be walking all over that mofo with me. He loves to "play" with birds. If they try to say something, I will sue them. I am also going to weld up a motorized beach-going wheelchair (probably use a 2-stroke engine and make sure it's running really rich and leave out the muffler) then drive all over the restricted areas. When they say something about it, I will sue them. Hey, they use backdoor tactics--so should we!
Jun 20, 2012, 07:32 PM #7
just kill all the effing birds and your problem is solved. flood the area with feral cats and foxes and any other predator so the NSP is overwhelmed.
Jun 20, 2012, 07:46 PM #8
But then I wouldn't get to see the stupified looks on their faces when they see me roll up on my 2-stroke hoverround or rascall (whichever I can get the biggest wheels underneath) and demand my equal access under the ADA.
In all seriousness, I like the bill in the House right now. It provides a little more leniency, common sense and proactive approach than what is currently in effect while still offering many protections for the animals. In the words of the now Late Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"
• In a historic legislative move, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4094 to restore reasonable access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. The bill, introduced by Congressman Walter Jones, was approved Tuesday, June 19, 2012 and passed in a 232 to 188 vote.
H.R. 4094 was included in a package of bills grouped together under H.R. 2578, known as the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The bill would reinstate the Interim Management Plan that was in place prior to the restrictive consent decree and ORV Rule implemented by the National Park Service.
The 2008 consent decree imposed rigid and severe beach access restrictions that have hurt the local economy and limited the Superintendent from utilizing an active management approach that would better help wildlife at the seashore.
Chairman Warren Judge, who testified before a Congressional Subcommittee urging the passage of H.R. 4094, described the significance of today’s vote. “The House of Representatives has passed a landmark piece of legislation,” Judge said. “It will provide reasonable recreational access in a way that utilizes science based resource management for shorebirds and turtles.” Judge added, “H.R. 4094 represents a true win-win situation, for both people and wildlife.”
Vice-Chairman Allen Burrus thanked Congressman Walter Jones and his staff for their efforts to get House passage of H.R. 4094. “They did the right thing for the people of Hatteras Island and the businesses that have suffered for too long,” Burrus said. “My hope is that this will be a stepping stone to pass similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.”
A companion bill has been sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Burr and Senator Kay Hagan. Senate Bill 2372 will be the subject of a Congressional Hearing next week.
So what now? You can help support Hatteras Island by signing the PETITION HERE. It’s quick and easy and with enough votes, it will help.
Jun 20, 2012, 08:10 PM #10
Great news for OBX, 2 more hurdles, the Senate and Obama