A New Rule Balances Wildlife and Off-Road-Vehicle Use on a North Carolina Beach

A New Rule Balances Wildlife and Off-Road-Vehicle Use on a North Carolina Beach

Congressional legislation and a pending civil suit threaten the future of a new rule that protects wildlife and allows vehicles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

By Anna Sanders
Published: 06/12/2012
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Type: Author | From: Audubon Magazine


At last report there are

At last report there are fewer than 40 least tern nests on the intensively managed Ft. Desoto, FL rafts. The Outer Banks should be supporting over a thousand least terns, or somewhere near half North Carolina's population in any given year, making the natural, high-quality habitat there essential to the species' success. Rafts do not meet the needs of other beach-nesting species, nor, obviously, can sea turtles use them. Just a few more facts the ORV fanatics happily ignore in pursuit of their rigid and destructive ideology.

At last there are fewer terns

Thank you for your support!

so much wrong, so little time......

The distribution of the protected species is not global.
The regulations are designed to protect existing habitat, not create/increase habitat.
Why is extinction of any species on a local level just so you can drive on the beach an acceptable alternative to you? Do you know nothing about population ecology? How about the old phrase one shouldn't put all their eggs in one basket?

its just about driving on the beach, pedestrain access is very

it is not just about driving on the beach, pedestrian access is very limited as well with huge no access zones. to all you spouting off about what we who live here should or shouldn't do, you need to come out here and see for yourself rather than swallow the donation driving propaganda hook line and sinker. its arrogant and sad that you think you know whats actually going on here. how does the park shooting ospreys and racoons fit into your grand ecology plan?

There's plenty of access for

There's plenty of access for all. Pedestrians have almost the entire seashore in the shoulder seasons and winter and plenty of areas in the summer. e.g. They could walk all the way from the Hatteras Inlet seasonal closure to about a mile east of Ramp 49 if they wished (mid-summer).
But as long as points and spits are being closed a few months so species can procreate, there will always be too much closed. Am I right?

The NPS has no reason to shoot osprey - they're piscivores. Color me incredulous. You have some evidence? As far as raccoons go, what caliber shells do they need? I'll send a few cases.

(p.s. check your assumptions about where people live.)

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