Bill would overturn access restrictions on Carolina coast

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National Park Service officials recently adopted a new off-road vehicle management plan for the Cape Hatteras (N.C.) National Seashore Recreation Area that would restrict access to some areas of the seashore, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported.

“Boating and fishing access is essential for surf fishing from beaches, as well as most other recreational activities, yet the new management plan severely restricts access to the most popular areas of the seashore far beyond what is needed for fish and wildlife resource management,” according to the NMMA.

Recently, Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., introduced legislation to reinstate the Park Service's Interim Protected Species Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle and pedestrian access, which was subject to a public process and withstood environmental review. The bill would overturn the newly adopted management plan.

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