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JONES SECURES HEARING ON PRESERVING ACCESS TO CAPE HATTERAS SEASHORE ACT
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.