Senate Sub Committee hearing for S. 2372 Scheduled for 6/27/2012.
 Sub-Committee Press Release:

June 27, 2012


SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 03:00 PM

The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills:

 S. 1897, a bill to amend Public Law 101-377 to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station;

S. 2158, a bill to establish the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway National Heritage Area;

S. 2229, a bill to authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park;

S. 2267, a bill to reauthorize the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area;

S. 2272, a bill to designate a mountain in the State of Alaska as Mount Denali;

S. 2273, a bill to designate the Talkeetna Ranger Station in Talkeetna, Alaska, as the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station;

S. 2286, a bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook in the State of Connecticut as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System;

S. 2316, a bill to designate the Salt Pond Visitor Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore as the "Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Salt Pond Visitor Center"

S. 2324, a bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment ofthe Neches River in the State of Texas for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic River System;

S. 2372, a bill to authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area; and

S. 3300, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington

 The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee's website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witnesses’ testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

New - Urgent news!!

Vote Scheduled for 6/19/2012

Do This Today!


On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 The US House of Representatives will vote on H. R. 2578 “The Conservation and Economic Growth Act”.  Title X of this bill is H. R. 4094 – “Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act”.

 CALL and EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW before this critical vote occurs and request an affirmative vote on this important legislation.  Forward this message to your friends and post it on your facebook.


      Congressman Walter B. Jones

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               CONTACT: Catherine Fodor

June 15, 2012                                                                                                                                                                   202-225-3415

 Jones’ hatteras beach access bill going to the house floor next week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 19th, the language of Congressman Walter B. Jones’ (NC-3) bill, H.R. 4094 – the Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act – will be brought to the House floor for a vote.  Congressman Jones’ bill to restore reasonable pedestrian and motorized access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area will be introduced as part of H.R. 2578 – the Conservation and Economic Growth Act – a package of fourteen Natural Resources Committee bills that will create new American jobs, grow the economy, protect the environment and promote development of domestic energy.   Last week H.R. 4094 passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on a roll call vote of 24-18.    

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

Congressman Jones’ bill 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.

Vote on HR 4094 as Title X of H.R. 2578 is immenent!

Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance
Post Office Box 1355
   Buxton, North Carolina 27920  

Urgent—The Timing is Critical!
Do This Today!


Again we solicit you to participate in the fight for renewed access to our beloved recreational area.  The week of June 18, 2012 the US House of Representatives will be called to vote on H. R. 2578 “The Conservation and Economic Growth Act”.  This bill incorporates 14 Titles (Bills) that have already passed the Committee on Natural Resources, including H. R. 4094 – “Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act”.

This will be a vote by all members of the House of Representatives, you need to call your representative before this critical vote occurs and request an affirmative vote on this important legislation.  We are asking for telephone calls since letters going thru the normal screening processes may not reach your representative in time to solicit his/her vote.  Although you will probably be speaking to an aid, your call will be noted and passed on to your representative.  Have your friends and family participate, forward this message to your mailing list and post it on your facebook.

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House to Consider Natural Resources Jobs and Public Lands Package

Conservation and Economic Growth Act- H. R. 2578 will create jobs, grow economy, protect environment and promote renewable energy production


“This grouping of bills will advance important local projects and policies that will have a direct impact on job creation and economic growth in communities throughout the country.  The majority of these bills have received bipartisan support and encourage tourism, recreation and responsible use of our public lands and resources,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings

The Conservation and Economic Growth Act-H. R. 2578

Title I: Lower Merced River (HR 2578 - Denham)

  • Creates new jobs and helps spur economic growth in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

 Title II: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act (HR 460 - Chaffetz)

  • Facilitates the development of 50 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower.

Title III: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act (HR 1408 - Young, AK)

  • Helps protect hundreds of timber jobs in rural and Native communities.

 Title IV: San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Boundary Expansion Act (HR 3100 - Canseco)

  • Expands the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park boundary.

Title V: Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2012(HR 1545 - Flores)

  • Recognizes and establishes the Waco Mammoth site.

Title VI: North Cascade National Park Access (HR 2352 - Hastings, WA)

  • Supports recreational access and tourism..

Title VII: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (HR 3069 - Hastings, WA)

  • Protects endangered Columbia River salmon from predation.

Title VIII: Reauthorization of Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act (HR 3685 - Herger)

  • Extends a bipartisan project to implement forest management activities

Title IX: Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act (HR 4039 - Amodei)

  • Mandates the sale of approximately 10,200 acres of public lands to the City of Yerington..

 Title X: Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act (HR 4094 - Jones)

  • Protects jobs and small businesses by restoring and ensuring reasonable pedestrian and motorized access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in North Carolina.

 Title XI: Grazing Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4234 - Labrador)

  • Improves and streamlines the process for renewing livestock grazing permits.

Title XII: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (HR 3065 - Shuler)

  • Supports recreational shooting by providing states greater flexibility.

 Title XIII: Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011(HR 258 - Wittman)

  • Facilitates clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay through greater transparency.

 Title XIV: National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (HR 1505 – Bishop, UT)

  • Enhances border security by ensuring that Border Patrol has access to federal lands.

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April 26, 2012

Senators Burr and Hagan Introduce Senate Bill S.2372 to Restore Access to the CHNSRA

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan introduced  Senate Bill S.2372 to preserve pedestrian and ORV access at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area on April 26,2012.

“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.  The timing of the introduction of their bill coincided with the House's  Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4094 and Oversight Hearing on "Access Denied: Turning Away Visitors to National Parks"
which was held on Friday April 27.

OBPA President John Couch, who spoke at the hearing in Washington 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."

Today, the OBPA reacted to the recently released National Park Service Off-Road Driving brochure through the following letter to Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service.  The brochure paints an extremely negative view of off-road vehicle users.  It is our understanding that the brochure is being distributed at all parks and recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.  Recent comments from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore headquarters in Manteo indicate the inflammatory brochure is not being distributed locally.  Those familar with the Seashore may recall that several years ago the OBPA, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club worked jointly with the local NPS office to develop and publish "Beach Driving at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore" brochure which has been distributed locally.  It is unfortunate that the NPS did not seek a more balanced and respectful view of off-road vehicle users within the lands it manages.   

John Couch
President, Outer Banks Preservation Association
P.O. Box 1355
Buxton, N.C. 27920

May 3, 2011

Mr. Jonathan Jarvis
Director, National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

 Dear Director Jarvis:

My name is John B. Couch and I am President of the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA).  I write you today to voice my concerns on the recent National Park Service brochure entitled “Off- Road Driving.”  A copy of this brochure is provided with this letter. 

 This offensive brochure unfairly depicts off-road vehicle users as lawless thrill seekers that have contempt for the laws, rules and regulations that provide a framework for safe and responsible ORV access on our beaches. 

 The back page of this brochure contains a photo of a female Loggerhead turtle that was crushed by a vehicle while it was attempting to nest. This unfortunate tragedy occurred on Ocracoke Island beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in the early morning hours, during the summer of 2010. 

The individual responsible for this crime was never apprehended, though the groups advocating responsible access, including OBPA, offered a substantial reward for the arrest and conviction of this individual. We will therefore never know the reasoning or affiliation of this individual, whether a visitor illegally driving on the Seashore during hours restricted by the court sanctioned Consent Decree or even a Park Service employee on a night drive.

This photo is disgusting, infuriating, and reflects a deliberate effort to provide extreme environmental groups the ability to further their agenda in banning motorized access to all National Parks.

 When we received a copy of this brochure, we raised our concerns to the CHNSRA headquarters in Manteo, North Carolina.  They reported that the staff of the NPS in Washington, D.C. developed the brochure as a result of a lawsuit settlement with an environmental group known as “Friends of the Earth.”  They advised that NPS Washington headquarters called to specifically request the photo of the turtle that was run over for this brochure.

 OBPA, along with North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club (CHAC), are organizations that have always advocated safe and responsible access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area for both pedestrians and off-road vehicles.  Our motto that has stood for almost 40 years is Preserve, Protect, Not Prohibit regarding responsible access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area for all.

 As you are aware the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area just went through a Negotiated Rulemaking Conflict Resolution Process. OBPA, NCBBA, CHAC and 26 other groups joined with a common purpose to write a reasonable and acceptable ORV Plan.  To show commitment to responsible access, OBPA, NCBBA and CHAC developed and financed an ORV brochure under the direction and approval of local NPS staff, a copy of which is also provided with this letter.

A partnership approach by all affected organizations could have made for a more beneficial educational publication.  I ask you today to immediately remove these offensive brochures from the Seashore as well as from other NPS locations across the country, and replace them with documents incorporating local knowledge and experience which will more effectively serve to inform the public and protect these valuable resources. 

 To continue to distribute this deplorable and contemptible brochure serves no beneficial purpose except to unfairly condemn and incite the law abiding public who comprise, by far, the majority of visitors who choose to recreate at our Seashore.  Both sides of the access issues currently extant at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area should work diligently for responsible access for all!


 John Couch
President, Outer Banks Preservation Association


The Honorable Richard Burr
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Kay R. Hagan
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Walter B. Jones, Jr.
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Mr. David Vela, Regional Director
National Park Service
100 Alabama Street, SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mr. Mike Murray, Superintendent
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area
1401 National Park Road
Manteo, NC 27954