URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Bill in U.S. Congress Would Reopen OHV Access to North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore
SEMA Action Network
March 14, 2013
Legislation (HR 819) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. The bill would reverse a 2012 management plan issued by the National Park Service that banned OHV access to large portions of the seashore with a goal of protecting nesting sea turtles and birds. The legislation would reinstate a previous management strategy that better balances wildlife protections with responsible OHV access. A House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee has begun considering this important legislation.
We Urge You to Contact Your Congressional Representative to Request Support for HR 819
HR 819 overturns a 2012 issued by the National Park Service that banned off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to large portions of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. Under that plan, about 39% of the seashore is closed to OHV recreation. Only 40% of the seashore is open year-round while 19% is open at different times during the year.
HR 819 restores the previous management strategy that provided responsible recreational access while protecting local wildlife.
HR 819 protects local retail businesses, hotels, restaurants and campgrounds that have been seen a negative economic impact because of reduced visits by OHV enthusiasts.
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