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 sincerely hope that none of

I sincerely hope that none of the Audobon Society members who read this article are naive and stupid enough to believe that this article is true. As I read it, I can find very little truth in the entire article. Ted Williams is, quite simply, a damned liar. And any of you members and donors who buy into this and send more money are falling into the exact trap that they want you to.

It's easy enough to sit in your comfortable home somewhere far away and send money for the poor little birdies. I'm sure it somehow assuages your own personal guilt about the carbon footprint that you, personally, leave on the earth. God forbid that any one of you should have the decency to put the natives of Hatteras Island in your thoughts, prayers and pocketbooks. To hell with them, huh?

Here's an idea. Get off your ass and go to Hatteras Island and see, for yourself, what is really happening down there before you send any more money to be used to ruin people's lives and livelihoods.


Again I was denied access to my beloved South Point on Ocracoke Island. When I asked the NPS nazi's about this, I was also denied an answer. Thanks to Audobon, SELC, DoW and the NPS for ruining AGAIN my vacation. For sale signs are numerous, business's are closing and the locals are suffering because of your lies and propaganda. I've always been a steward of the land and wildlife, but you've gone to far and like an above comment I've been pushed to the wall. I will fight you!

Battle Over Beaches

Mr. Williams, I don't know how you sleep at night.


Audubon & Defender's of Wildlife fool their contributors . Golder & Maddocks (lawyers for Audubon) are a disgrace to the communities on Hatteras Island. If they really cared about the wildlife, why are thousands of animals killed daily by a full time trapper NPS employee? Where are the wildlife research centers for education involving residents & tourists? Where are the wildlife rehabilitation centers to take care of sick, injured animals? Where are the beach clean ups by these so called environmental groups? NPS is taking in money for driving permits, where is this money going? This land grab is the biggest joke.

Lies, lies and more lies.

Wow. I can't even believe that the author of this article chose to paint the locals in such a bad light. There is a reason the locals are angry, and it is articles like this that feed the hatred of the audobon society in NC. I don't even know where to begin with the amount of untruths included in this article. The beaches are mostly open? Really? Must not be the same Hatteras Island I know. Driving up and down all you see are signs closing access to both pedestrians and ORVs. Those visitors from VA wouldn't mind walking over the dunes? Sure, if it was a simple walk over a sandy dune, but again, this must be a different Hatteras Island because the dunes I see are covered with dense vegetation that make it nearly impossible to access the beach unless you don't mind being covered head to toe with scratches from the dense prickly vegetation after your .5 mile walk from the road to the actual beach. And again, you state they wouldn't mind walking, yet they paid at least $50 just to drive that short little walk over the dune. Wow, I didn't realize people from VA were so lazy that they would go sit through a video and pay a fee to walk such a short distance over a tiny little sandy dune.

Birds and turtles were not getting squished. The audobon doesn't want people to spend any time on the beach. They are isolating hatteras island because there are so few locals that live there and they can get away with it. Over half the beaches were closed this summer for less than 15 piping plovers. Was it worth it audobon?

And the "facts" just keep

And the "facts" just keep coming..excellent comment

Battle over the NC Beach.

If you looked further you would see that this is not an OVR issue, they want to keep all humans off the beach. Even the people that just one to take pictures. Get your story correct before you take sides. I hope you don't own beach front property that you can't walk on!


I have to thank you for not deleting outright submittals from the people that disagree with Audubon propaganda. The article is completely unsubstantiated opinion. Audubon survives on donations so the incredible (but false) headlines are necessary for their survival. The Plover are not endangered, the turtles were breeding in record numbers all up and down the eastern seaboard. Neither breed on the "protected sound side". If you would help establish identify replenishing resources, champion sustainable eco-tourism you would be more in keeping with the outer banks culture and would not waste money in fights that are not necessary. we would embrace you as a friend rather that show you the distrust that you have so doggedly earned.

Not a single claim in the

Not a single claim in the comment above is factual.

Amen to the last sentence in

Amen to the last sentence in particular

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