Re: OBX of NC
This is one that just smacks of SELC and the "special interest groups" blackmailing the National Park Service. Granted, NPS dug their own grave here by not abiding by the law and not developing a long term ORV policy.
The scary similarity here with other ORV Land Use issues is that the AGENCY screwed the pooch on this one, but we are the ones that will pay the price. When I say we, it's not just the ORV folks, but every tax payer. Do you know how much it will cost our government to continuously monitor the unfledged chicks of the Piping Plover? And then to have a dynamic buffer zone that moves with them after they fledge? Well, a biologist costs about $30 and hour, times 24 hours a day, times maybe a month? My calculations put that at over $20,000 per NEST!
Sad that the public won't have any say into the policy on the use of the beach over the next 3 years. I value the preservation of a species that is threatened or endangered, but we need to look at what is reasonable to preserve and what is unreasonable. People in some parts of NC are living below the poverty line while we are spending $20K on bird's nests? Priorities people, please.
OK, sorry. Rant off.
Red and White 1973 FJ55