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Carla Boucher
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« on: July 03, 2008, 03:13:43 pm »

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ACTION ALERT
July 3, 2008

Action Alert
Contact your US Senator or Representative NOW and ask them to co-sponsor and vote in support of HR 6233 and s 3113.

Background 
On June 11, 2008, members of the North Carolina US congressional delegation introduced HR 6233 & s 3113 to return management of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area back to the National Park Service by setting aside the recently enacted consent decree that has virtually eliminated pedestrian and off-highway vehicle access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.  The bill will reinstate the Interim Management Plan for Species Management adopted through the NEPA process and public involvement by the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and set aside the consent decree.  The consent decree was a result of law suit settlement with Defenders of Wildlife and The National Audubon Society represented by Southern Environmental Law Center. 

What to do
We need all of you, in every state across the country, to contact your US Senators and Representatives asking them to co-sponsor and support HR 6233 and s. 3113. 

How to be the most effective
1)  Visit – visiting your elected officials is the most persuasive method of convincing them to support HR 6233 and s. 3113
2)  Fax - faxed letters indicating who you are, where you live, why you care, and why they should care are more persuasive than other methods of sending a letter.
3)  Call – a personal call is very effective and more effective than e-mailing
4)  E-mail – e-mailing a letter is less effective than visiting, faxing or e-mailing a letter, but will work if that is the method that enables you to do your part.
5)  Mail – using the U.S. Postal Service takes up to 30 days for delivery so it is the least effective choice in contacting your elected officials. 

How to find your elected officials
To find your US Representative(s) go here:  https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml

To find your US Senators go here:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


Talking points
These talking points are derived in part from information at the Free Island Press, July 1, 2008, “The Case For Passing Legislation That Returns Management of the Seashore to the Park Service”. www.freeislandpress.org.  And from information on the University of North Carolina website, www.learnnc.org


   Ask them specifically to co-sponsor the bills 
   Ask them specifically to support passage of the bills
   Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area was established first and foremost as a national seashore recreational area under its enabling legislation
   The 2007 nesting season, prior to implementation of either the Interim Management Plan or the consent decree, was the most successful piping plover breeding season in over 20 years
   Under the consent decree, a single plover chick is given enough beach area to cover the decks of three U.S. Navy super aircraft carriers, the largest warships on earth
   In most American communities, a convicted child molester can live closer to a public school than a fisherman and his family can get to a plover
   The Atlantic piping plover population is fast approaching 2,000 nesting pairs -- a figure that makes them eligible for de-listing as threatened
   American oystercatcher numbers were better last year under the interim strategy than they are this year under the consent decree, proving the consent decree doesn’t work
   The Outer Banks of North Carolina attract 5 million tourists each year to the area’s many beaches
   The park is largely inaccessible under the consent decree during the spring, summer, and fall, when the majority of Americans who visit the park take their vacations
   In 2003, tourists spent $600 million dollars in the Outer Banks.  The consent decree is causing a tremendous loss of this tourism revenue resulting in an extremely damaging economic impact state-wide in North Carolina
   Before implementation of the consent decree Judge Boyle declared his intention to provide the environmental groups exactly what they sought without hearing any evidence from either point of view and precluded the intervening parties, Dare and Hyde counties and the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance, from entering any evidence at all in open court. This occurred within the first few minutes of a February, 2008 scheduling conference in Judge Boyle’s court.


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Carla Boucher, Attorney
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008, 08:53:07 pm »

Just a thought which may be worth considering. I wrote to my two Senators and my Representative.
Then, while I was in the mood, I also wrote to the two Senators who are vying to be my President. I figure they both deserve the opportunity to know what the citizens are thinking. I sure didn't see any related questions in the latest ABC News/NY Times/Washington Post/whoever polls.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008, 01:12:47 pm »

Keith, that's a great idea!!  Thank you for doing it.

Carla
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Carla Boucher, Attorney
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2008, 11:27:53 pm »

The Senate bill is scheduled to see action by subcommittee on July 30. Many bills die in committee. This one is too important to let it die.
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S.3113
Title: A bill to reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle use in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, pending the issuance of a final rule for off-road vehicle use by the National Park Service.
Sponsor: Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC] (introduced 6/11/2008)      Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.R.6233
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2008 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee on National Parks. Date of scheduled hearing. SD-366. 2:30 p.m.ALL ACTIONS:

6/11/2008:
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    7/30/2008:
        Subcommittee on National Parks. Date of scheduled hearing. SD-366. 2:30 p.m.

Members of the Subcommitte on National Parks include:

Subcommittee on National Parks
 
Phone: (202) 224-4971
Fax: (202) 228-0539
 
Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee includes oversight and legislative responsibilities for: National Park System; Wild and Scenic Rivers System; National Trails System; national recreation areas; national monuments; historic sites; military parks and battlefields; Land and Water Conservation Fund; historic preservation; outdoor recreation resources; and preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
 
Democratic Subcommittee Members

Daniel K. Akaka (Chairman)
Byron L. Dorgan
Mary L. Landrieu
Ken Salazar
Robert Menendez
Blanche Lincoln
Bernard Sanders
Jon Tester
   Republican Subcommittee Members

Richard Burr
Lisa Murkowski
Bob Corker
John Barrasso
Jeff Sessions
Gordon Smith
Mel Martinez
 
Jeff Bingaman (ex officio member)
Pete V. Domenici (ex officio member)
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