NPS releases "Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect, Review and Adjustment of Wildlife Protection Buffers"

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NCWRC Letter to Superintendent Hallac

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The attached letter regarding buffers and corridors was sent to Superintendent Hallac by Gordon Myers, Executive Director of North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission  His letter is consistent with the recommendations CHAPA have made.

 

"NPS Press Release: ORV Management Plan Update for Cape Hatteras National Seashore" 

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NCBBA asks that the membership make plans to attend whenever/wherever possible.  Refer to CHAPA’s recommendations to NPS for compliance with the legislation SEC.3057 Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

 

 CHAPA’s recommendations to NPS for compliance with the legislation SEC.3057 Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

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Section 3057, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area was passed in December, 2014 as part of The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Now law, this bill requires the National Park Service (NPS) to review and adjust Wildlife Protection Buffers by June 19, 2015. Specifically, this section of the law requires that “…buffers are of the shortest duration and cover the smallest area necessary to protect a species, as determined in accordance with peer-reviewed scientific data; and… designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around areas of the Nations Seashore closed because of wildlife buffers, to allow access to areas that are open.”

 

NPS is currently developing their plan to implement this legislation and intends to release it to the public before the end of April.

 

CHAPA’s recommendations were sent to the Superintendent for his consideration on April 10, 2015. We believe the recommendations offered can be implemented with minimal disruption to the NPS resource management processes already in place at the Seashore. We also believe our recommendations will balance resource protection and pedestrian / ORV access at the Seashore in a way that is consistent with the intent of the law. We encourage you to read this document.

 

Representatives from the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA), North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA), Cape Hatteras Anglers Club (CHAC), Dare County Commissioners, and Hatteras Island businesses have been engaged in the effort to develop the CHAPA recommendations since the law was passed. Over the past two months, this group has met with Superintendent Dave Hallac and members of his staff on several occasions to discuss and share ideas about what steps should be taken to meet the intent of the law. In addition to meeting with the Superintendent and members of his staff, we have also met with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).

 

Another section of the law titled “Construction of New Vehicle Access Points” states that new vehicle access points and roads should be constructed “…as expeditiously as practicable; and…in accordance with applicable management plans for the National Seashore.” CHAPA priorities were sent to the Superintendent on March 5. Following distribution, we met with the Superintendent and members of his staff to discuss. We are awaiting priority decisions to be announced by the NPS.

 

NPS has developed a website to track their actions to implement the law as they are announced. The website is titled “2015 National Defense Authorization Act Actions Update” . We recommend that you visit this website to be aware of announcements as they occur.

 

NPS intends to schedule approximately five public meetings to present the changes they intend to make and to gather input immediately after their release of their plan in April. We will advise you of the dates and locations for those meetings when they become available.

 

We ask you all to keep informed, to participate in the public meetings, and to make the Park Service aware of your reaction to their actions over the coming weeks and months as the law is implemented. Public participation and input remain critical to the success of achieving our goals of more reasonable pedestrian and ORV access within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

 

     North Carolina Beach Buggy Association

 

 

 The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association is a non-profit organization established in 1964, dedicated to the preservation of and vehicular access to the natural beach resources of the Outer Banks through conservation, a code of ethics for beach behavior and support of local, state and federal officials and other organizations dedicated to these same goals.

 

The Association has grown over the years from a small group of dedicated individuals to over 3800 members in forty some states and Canada. All members subscribe to a strict code of ethics for beach behavior.

 

Our main focus is to work to insure that all people have pedestrian and vehicular access to the beaches of the Seashore Recreation Area as intended by the enabling legislation. The full legal name of the Seashore is “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area”. That name was chosen by the National Park Service to distinguish it from a National Park.

 

A program called Operation Beach Respect was started in 1985 and has continued for thirty years. This Program consists of beach cleanups four times a year in conjunction with the National Park Service. An Adopt A Highway program was added a couple of years later.

 

Working with the National Park Service and the Dare County Crime Line the Association has offered rewards for information leading to the conviction of persons responsible for damage to Beaches, vegetation, dunes, wildlife and facilities in the Seashore.

 

The Association sponsors a Red Drum Tournament each year which is open to members and guest if openings are available. It is is our major fund raiser and is a fun time for all.

 

Over the years we have contributed to various projects on the seashore such as signage, ramp construction and repairs and various resource management plans and studies in cooperation with the National Park Service.

 

Our civic activities include a scholarship program which provides a 4 year scholarship to a graduating senior from each of the high schools on the Outer Banks.

 

We help with disaster relief and provide help to those in need through appropriate local organizations. We co-sponsor a youth fishing tournament and encourage the leaders of tomorrow to get outside and get involved.


In addition to the programs listed above members receive a quarterly news letter, electronic updates on the latest issues, fishing news, fishing citations, NCBBA apparel, a photo contest and a member discount program for purchases made at participating tackle shops and merchants on the Outer Banks.

 

The Board of Directors meets Quarterly and the Association’s Annual Meeting is held at the end of May each year.

 

Membership is open to all who support our mission statement and agree to abide by our code of ethics. You may join by completing an online application on this website.


 


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