The Battle Over a North Carolina Beach Continues

The Battle Over a North Carolina Beach Continues

On Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a revolutionary management plan is finally putting embattled sea turtles and birds on near-equal footing with ORV drivers. But powerful interests are working hard to undo it.

By Ted Williams/Photography by Emiliano Granado
Published: September-October 2012
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Ted Williams

Ted Williams is freelance writer.

Type: Author | From: Audubon Magazine


I've learned the truth about OHVs the hard way!

As a rural landowner who has personally experienced OHV trespassing, damage, and fence-cutting, and has seen damage from OHVs on other land in my area, public and private, and has heard OHV horror stories from landowner friends, and who checks in on OHV websites and sees posts that openly BOAST about illegal riding and recommend good places for doing it, I believe Ted Williams. Completely. And why you OHVers aren't more concerned about the thousands of law-breaking destructive jerks in your ranks is beyond me. They are making you look far worse than Ted Williams ever could.

After years of watching wetlands get churned into mudholes and riverbanks wrecked and most recently, talking with an eighty-something farmer neighbor who was forced to buy and install an expensive gate to keep trespassing OHVs off his land, I've had it. Three big cheers for the Park Service, and I hope public agencies across the country will do what they should have done decades ago, and kick you trespassing arrogant destructive cretins off public land altogether and force you to ride on and destroy YOUR OWN PRIVATE LAND. If chain-sawing were MY favorite form of recreation, I wouldn't expect public conservation land managers to let me cut down trees just because I found it entertaining. The arrogance of OHVers is almost beyond belief.

It seems that with so many

It seems that with so many posts attacking the messenger and not a single person presenting factual evidence that contradicts Ted's story, Ted must be spot on! Thank you Ted!

Just when you thought the "Beach Bums" bar couldn't be lowered

Uncle ted comes along and takes it down to the level where most excrement resides.

Cave Bat excrement, that is.

Thanks Ted! You have shed

Thanks Ted! You have shed light on a very important issue for North Carolina. As for the claims of "Audubon lies" load of BS, then I guess the park service lies, the scientists lie, the economic stats lie, the success of birds and turtles lie. And the only ones telling the truth are the those who can't seem to enjoy the beach without driving all over it. For those, I have a prime bridge over an outer banks inlet to sell you.

More Audubon Lies

I feel so sorry for some little poor old lady barely hanging on in America's bread basket. There she sits every month, writing Audubon a donation check after reading the outright lies that are designed and written for one reason, money!. Sadly, she does not know anything about Cape Hatteras and never will if she only reads Ted's Nazi like propaganda story. Congratulations, The Audubon Society has done nothing lately but turned good people away from a decent name. How far down the road do you think your continuous lies and deception will take you? Do you honestly think a majority of people living in the United States are that ingnorant? Walker Golder needs to resign immeditily. He is solely responsible for the disgrace of this once respected Society in North Carolina. He also gave windsurfing lessons on the sacred Cape Point Pond which is the cradle for breeding shorebirds at Cape Point. Oh, I guess you haven't heard that story. Where do you think he met Sidney Maddocks? Now that's a story Ted and a true one.

Let me get this straight

We're supposed to accept a non-credentialed cost-benefit "report" by "Ginny" over the hundreds of pages of peer reviewed economic analysis prepared by Industrial Economics for the National Park Service's Final Environmental Impact Statement. We're supposed to ignore all the data that Dare County itself puts out showing the vibrancy of tourism in the area and the dollars spent. We should ignore all of this because "Ginny" says so. Um, no thanks. Get a life.

Whose Beach?

The mentality and tactics of the Cape Hatteras ORV lobby are illustrated far more graphically in most of the screeds that appear below (and shortly above, I have no doubt) than anything I or anyone else could write. “Get the f--- off OUR beach,” for example, says it all. As I reported, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is MY beach and the beach of every other American. It is not the exclusive property of Hatteras motorheads. Their bullying and BS worked with the spineless National Park Service for 54 years. As they and the rest of the nation have learned, it did not work with the National Audubon Society.

This must be misplaced

Thank you for posting my comment. Now as for the above, is this intended as your reply to factual information and a polite discourse or did you mean to put this in the main thread? If it was intended as a reply to my post, all you have accomplished is to hyjack the discussion and turn it back into a pissing match.

Seems to me the bullying has

Seems to me the bullying has been done by Audabon

"Observing shorebirds and waterbirds isn’t easy "

all we ask for is a few miles of beach, not thousands of miles of beaches packed with mansions, the true destructive activity. Go away you want the place all to yourselves very greedy and ruining the local economy.

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