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NC OBX Beach Driving

Posted in News on March 15, 2013
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Contributors: AM4W

Let's get the sand back! North Carolina is one of the few states along the Southeast coast that still allows vehicles to drive on the sand. The privilege has been taken away a few times in certain spots along the Outer Banks area of the state. We now have the opportunity to reopen an area that was once closed. Please review the Urgent Legislative SEMA Action Network Alert and do your part in helping keep our OHV land open. Bill in U.S. Congress Would Reopen OHV Access to North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore 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. DON’T DELAY! Click here to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to request support for H.R. 819. Under Federal Officials, Identify Your Congressional District Representative: www.semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga For more information, please contact Dan Sadowski at dans@sema.org.

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