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Let the air out of your tires – PLEASE

Thursday 09 July 2009 at 4:28 pm It happened again.

It was another summer holiday weekend, and once again there were problems with off-road vehicles stuck on the seashore’s ramps.

Lots of them.

John McCutcheon, Hatteras Island’s head district ranger for the park, said that there were 91 “visitor assists” for the week that ended on the July 4 holiday.

Almost all of them, he added, were for vehicles stuck on the ramps. Read More

SELC's latest spin on the fantastic consent decree

Thursday 02 July 2009 at 09:33 am The Southern Environmental Law Center, which represented Defenders of Wildlife and the National Audubon Society in their lawsuit again the National Park Service over ORV use on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has just released more of its fantasy thinking on the terrific success of the fantastic consent decree.

This time the SELC spin comes in the form of a four-minute video by SELC lawyer Julie Youngman that was released on June 15.

In it, Youngman, a colleague of SELC’s lead attorney Derb Carter, reminisces about her childhood summers on the seashore – the beautiful beaches and plethora of wildlife.

“Many of these species,” she says with a serious and straight face, “are listed as threatened or protected by the federal government.”

Many? Oh, really? Read More

What the SELC won't show you ¦ WITH SLIDE SHOW

Monday 29 June 2009 at 10:48 am The Southern Environmental Law Center, which represented Defenders of Wildlife and the National Audubon Society in their lawsuit again the National Park Service over ORV use on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has sent out press releases and information about the dire state of shorebirds on seashore beaches.

One of the claims is that the black skimmer population on the seashore in 2007 was zero.

That could be true, and there’s no argument from me that shorebirds on all of the North Carolina coast – and probably all of the southeast coast – are losing habitat to development.

But are they losing habitat to ORVs?

So far, there has been no scientific proof of that.

Let’s look more closely at black skimmers. Read More