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For now at least, the seashore's imperiled birds and turtles will continue to live and raise their young under the protection of the sensible management plan we've worked so hard to put in place and protect.

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JL A (281)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:42 pm
Sunshine at Cape Hatteras

Haley McKey | Posted on 01 July 2013 |

by Haley McKey

Tiny newborn sea turtles need the vital protections that the National Park Service provides at Cape Hatteras.

A destructive bill appeared likely to sail through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It called for returning to a set of rules at a national park that catered to special interests and devastated wildlife populations. Until the public found out and got mad.

First, let’s fill in the blanks: Senate bill 486 was drawn up to overturn new off-road vehicle (ORV) rules at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The new rules came to pass after litigation by Defenders and other groups against the National Park Service, which manages national seashores.

And they were a roaring success. Summer 2012 set records for tourism and sea turtle nest counts, and eleven endangered piping plover chicks survived to fledge! It was clear: the new plan worked.

But ORV interests groups weren’t happy. They wanted a return to old ways that practically gave them free reign on the seashore.

These interim provisions had been a disaster for wildlife, leaving hardly any room for sea turtles and shorebirds to safely lay eggs and raise their young. Cape Hatteras National Seashore simply wasn’t doing its job as a national park, and that was fine with ORV groups. So they pushed legislation demanding a return to this bad management. And the two North Carolina Senators, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan, introduced Senate bill 486, which was scheduled for consideration by the Senate Energy Committee in June.

Defenders went to work immediately. In coalition with Southern Environmental Law Center and Audubon North Carolina, we developed a print ad that ran in North Carolina’s Independent Weekly newspaper to educate citizens and ask them to let their senators know they opposed the bill. We also launched an innovative radio ad campaign in the Raleigh area.

To make our ads, we called North Carolinians and asked them about Cape Hatteras and what they thought about the new bill. We used some of the great responses we got in the ad so listeners could hear real North Carolina voices talking about conservation and preserving the seashore for future generations.

The print and radio ads both asked: why were Senators Hagan and Burr supporting legislation that would undo all of Cape Hatteras’ progress? And in particular, why were they willing to put the demands of ORV groups above the needs of the seashore? Judging from what happened next, the increased public visibility no doubt caused the sponsors to hear from many concerned constituents. The public response helped encourage them to rethink their proposal and come up with a less damaging alternative. The spotlight paid off. In a compromise, the bill was modified by committee chairman Senator Wyden (D-OR) to reduce its impact on wildlife and the integrity of the park. Instead of stripping away the ORV rules, it maintains them, but requires the Park Service to take additional steps to review and reconsider specific provisions. While not an ideal outcome (we would have preferred the committee reject the bill completely), it’s a big improvement on what could have passed.

So what does this mean for Cape Hatteras wildlife? Defenders will continue to oppose this unnecessary legislation. For now at least, the seashore’s imperiled birds and turtles will continue to live and raise their young under the protection of the sensible management plan we’ve worked so hard to put in place and protect. We will continue to fight for the endangered and threatened species that depend on Cape Hatteras until their safety-and their future-is secure.

Nicole W (647)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:33 pm
good, for now, thank you JL

JL A (281)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:34 pm
You are welcome Nicole. You cannot currently send a star to Nicole because you have done so within the last day.

Kit B (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:51 pm

Bought legislation that serves no good purpose. Defenders have won a small victory for now. There is every good reason to protect and preserve the Outer Bank islands as pristine as possible. For our future we need to support the work of the Defenders, this is but one of many projects they work on tirelessly.

John C (78)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:00 pm
The term "As Pristine as possible" puts me off my tea. I know that by this term we are on the defensive. If you really want to save the, it won't be good enough. Those "other" interests know it too.

JL A (281)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:03 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit or John because you have done so within the last day.

Christeen Anderson (628)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:15 pm
Yea. Happy dance for me.

Terry V (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:27 pm


JL A (281)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:29 pm
You are welcome Terry! Thanks for the link to the great video!
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natasha salgado (715)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:39 pm
Well this is a worthy bit of good news! Thx JL

Barb Knight (1701)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:59 pm
PTL!! Thnx for the wonderful news JL!!

Giana Peranio-Paz (406)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:14 am
Again great news! Pressure does yield success in many cases, keep the pressure on!

Danuta Watola (1264)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:17 am

Frances Darcy (226)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:06 am

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:18 am
Keep the buggers honest!!!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:27 am
Great news - let the victories for the animals keep coming!

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:27 am
You are welcome Natasha and BarbCat.
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Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:16 am
Noted & posted

Aud nordby (739)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:23 am

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:42 am
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Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:09 pm
Well my friend, you are on a roll today with these good news postings. I can only hope and pray that they continue to protect as many endangered turtles and shorebirds as possible. People need to stop living in their greedy little bubbles and start looking at the big picture before the big picture is gone. Thanks hon.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:12 pm
You are welcome Tamara. You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:35 am
There are many failures on the way to victories


many victories without failures unless we stop trying.

We never fail until we stop trying,.

And we aren't going to stop.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:37 am
God bless the turtles.

JL A (281)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7:26 am
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Sherri E (128)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:31 pm
Good news and we can use any we can get these days. TY JL Noted.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday September 23, 2013, 5:45 am
voices are heard - very well done.....

thanks for keeping us posted J ♥
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