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Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance  

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release:

March 7, 2013


Senators Burr and Hagan Introduce Senate Bill S.486 to Restore Access to the CHNSRA

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan introduced  Senate Bill S.486 to preserve pedestrian and ORV access at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area on March 7,2013.

“Restricting ORV use on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a negative impact on local communities and the local economy,” Senator Burr said.  “We must ensure that our state’s residents have access to North Carolina’s scenic treasures, and I am confident we can come to a compromise that allows people to have access while at the same time addressing any potential environmental concerns.”

Senators Burr and Hagan have been vocal supporters of access to CHNSRA as the situation has evolved over the past several years. They introduced similar legislation in 2012.  That bill went through the hearing process for the National Parks Subcommittee of the  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. That committee failed to act on any of the legislation before it in 2012 and the bill died in committee at the end of the 112th congress.  The timing of their bill followed the introduction of  the House version of the bill, H.R. 819 on February 26th by Congressman Walter B. Jones.

OBPA President John Couch said, "We thank Senator Burr and Senator Hagan for their continued support of the visitors and residents of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.  They understand what the Outer Banks are all about -- access by the public to some of the nation's best beaches for family recreation.  We are confident that our Senators will be able to lead this legislation through the Senate so that we may once again enjoy this Seashore for the treasure it is."

 

 Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance  

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2013

Congressman Jones Re-Introduces Bill to Restore Access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

 North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones today introduced House Bill H.R. 819 - the Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act.  Pedestrian and ORV access to the seashore is now severely limited due to  National Park Service's ORV Rule which went into effect on February 15, 2012.  The controversial rule was issued by the Park Service in spite of an outpouring of public comments in support of reasonable recreational access.  Congressman Jones introduced the bill last year and successfully led it through passage in the House, while the Senate version failed to make it out of committee.

 For over thirty years, OBPA has worked to maintain the seashore as intended by Congress when the first National Seashore Recreational Area was established.  Preserving the traditional and cultural values of the seashore has been a fundamental principle of the group, which represents people throughout the United States.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area has been a popular destination for American families seeking affordable, family oriented beach vacation.  Under the Final Rule access to some of the most popular areas is no longer available.  This has restricted access for many, including the disabled and elderly, and caused financial harm to the communities surrounding the seashore. 

CHAPA President, John Couch, expressed gratitude to Congressman Jones for introducing H.R. 819.  He said, “We appreciate the efforts of Congressman Jones and the leadership he has shown for preserving access to this American treasure, so it can continue to be used by the people for its intended recreational purpose. ”

Jim Keene, a Director of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association emphasized the importance of people getting involved throughout the United States.  He explained, “The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area is controlled by Congress.  That is why it is vital that people everyone contact their elected leaders in Washington now and ask them to support House Bill H.R. 819. 

Contacts:
John Couch
President, OBPA
P.O. Box 1355
Buxton ,NC 27920
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Jim Keene
Director, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association
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David Scarborough
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   For more information go to www.obpa.org or www.ncbba.org

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The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA)is a project of the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA), which is dedicated to preserving and protecting a lifestyle historically prevalent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and specifically at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area (CHNSRA).With over 10,000 active members (representing over 38 states and Canada), OBPA and CHAPA work to protect and preserve local beaches within a framework of free and open beach access for all users, including properly licensed drivers and vehicles.

 

 
Friday, 20 April 2012 13:52

JONES SECURES HEARING ON PRESERVING ACCESS TO CAPE HATTERAS SEASHORE ACT

This is about jobs, it’s about taxpayers’ right to access the recreational areas they own, and it’s about restoring balance and common sense to Park Service management.” 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) secured a congressional committee hearing on his bill to restore reasonable motorized and pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Congressman Jones introduced the bill – H.R. 4094 – on February 28th.  The hearing will take place on Capitol Hill at 9am, Friday, April 27th, before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.  A live broadcast of the hearing should be available to the public through the House Natural Resources Committee website.  Further information on next week’s hearing can be found here.   

“I am very pleased that the National Parks Subcommittee has agreed to take up this bill,” said Congressman Jones.  “This is an urgent situation.  The access restrictions mandated by the National Park Service’s final rule are significantly impacting the Hatteras Island economy and are totally unnecessary to protect wildlife.  This is about jobs, it’s about taxpayers’ right to access the recreational areas they own, and it’s about restoring balance and common sense to Park Service management.” 

H.R. 4094 would overturn a final rule implemented by the National Park Service (NPS) in mid-February, as well as the 2008 U.S. District court approved Consent Decree.  Both the Rule and the Consent Decree excessively restrict human access to the Recreational Area.  The bill would reinstitute the Park Service’s 2007 Interim Management Strategy (IMS) to govern visitor access and species protection in the Recreational Area.  The Interim Strategy was backed up by a 113-page Biological Opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which found that it would not jeopardize the species of concern, namely piping plover and sea turtles. 

For additional information, please contact Catherine Fodor in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415.

 

 

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:46
On April 23, the Department of Interior responded to the complaint previously filed in the Washington, D.C. district court by CHAPA.  The document may be read at this link.

DOI Response
 
Sunday, 15 April 2012 16:15


Contact Your Congressman Today!

 
It is time for everyone to urge their Congressman to support H.R. 4094 to restore access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.  It is also time for you to contact your Senators and urge them to introduce and support similar legislation in the Senate.

If you have followed the articles posted on this website over the past two months, you are aware that the National Park Service instituted a new Rule on February 15, 2012 that has severely reduced access to the beaches of Cape Hatteras.  You are also aware that as the days have passed, more and more closures have been instituted, further restricting access.  As of April 9, all access to Cape Point has been closed.

Many of you have contacted your Congressman already.  The American Sportfishing Association through their Keep America Fishing program has made availabe a very easy tool to contact your Congressman.  Just click on the following link and follow the instructions.

http://keepamericafishing.salsalabs.com/o/6394/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4068


 
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