Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fate of Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Many , myself included , have fallen in love with the breathtaking scenery that is everywhere on the island. The fishing is fantastic whether you go offshore or stay on land to chase the common surf species that are a personal favorite of mine. In my eyes it is truly a paradise on earth.

The problem with such a magnificent place is that there are special interest groups that would like to see it closed and make a large portion of the beach off limits to everyone. What is the point of preserving such pristine beauty if no one is allowed to see it? People who use the beaches do more to keep it clean and beautiful than the park service does in my opinion. I've seen fishermen and beach goers pick up trash and other assorted bits of flotsam and haul it off to be disposed of properly. Areas that are closed and "managed" by the park service for "resource protection" are usually littered with debris.

The point is , I could rant and rave about all of the misdeeds perpetrated against the people of Hatteras over the last several years for a long time. Aggressive tactics by certain groups have resulted in many businesses shuttering their doors indefinitely and left a sour taste in the mouths of many. We are running out of time to make our voices heard in the latest round of legal wrangling. September 6th is the looming deadline facing everyone who would like to see free and open beaches , with sensible , science based wildlife management practices.

I'm not an expert on the issue , but I would like to point everyone that reads my blog to a few groups and individuals who are doing all they can to preserve a wonderful place. Please check these sites out and offer your support! As well as the groups listed in my previous post on this subject HERE

Wheat's Eye on Hatteras

North Carolina Beach Buggy Association

Keep America Fishing

Beach Ramp Access

I'll have more on this in the coming weeks after I have a chance to recoup from my vacation , but please help us preserve a way of life that some would love to see destroyed.


3 comments:

  1. Seriously? I had no idea this was getting pushed. I will definitely check these sites out and support them. Thanks for keeping us posted!

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  2. Thanks LB ! Problem is , it's been getting worse every year for a decade. Thank you so much for helping spread the word :)

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  3. The problem is that the NPS is at war with itself. Half of the NPS believes that they are actually USFWS and are setting up wilderness areas and wildlife refuges. If that is the case, they should just transfer the land to other agencies and be done with it.

    NPS' legal charge is to provide access to the public without damaging the resource. They have had legal requirements to put a bird management plan (would include beach nesting birds) for decades, and they have been lazy enough to ignore it, instead of simply doing the study and concluding that "we'll do our best to protect the birds." Now, anti-public access enviro groups are suing for an official, proper bird management plan, which is calling for the ORV ban.

    NPS could have avoided this all by obeying their own legal policies in the first place. Way to go guys!

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