| April 11, 2008
ORV access supporters are raising funds for legal fees
By IRENE NOLAN
of ORV access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore have revved up
their efforts to raise funds to fight a lawsuit by environmental groups
against the National Park Service that threatens to curtail access to
popular recreational beaches.
A new Web site for the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance
(CHAPA) went online this week with information about such things as
donating and volunteering.
According to John Couch, president of the Outer Banks Preservation
Association (OBPA), CHAPA was formed, under the OBPA umbrella, as a
steering committee to appropriate funds to legal actions to defend free
and open access to seashore beaches.
Members include OBPA, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association,
United Mobile Sportsfishermen, and Cape Lookout Mobile Sportsfishing
Currently, CHAPA and Dare and Hyde counties are intervenors in a
lawsuit filed by the Defenders of Wildlife and the National Audubon
Society, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, against
the National Park Service over its Interim Protected Species
Plan. That plan regulates beach access until a long-term plan is
formulated by a negotiated rulemaking committee and an Environmental
Currently, the plaintiffs in the case have asked U.S. District Court
Judge Terrence Boyle for an injunction against driving at six areas
– Bodie Island, Cape Point and South Beach, Hatteras Inlet, and
the north and south points of Ocracoke – until the lawsuit is
settled or there is a long-term plan.
The new CHAPA Web site, spearheaded by Rob Alderman of Buxton, who runs
the Hatteras Island Fishing Militia Web site (www.fishmilitia.com),
showcases information on CHAPA and volunteering and donating, and it
features news and announcements on beach access and the legal actions.
Supporters of ORV access can donate to OBPA on the site through
PayPal. They can also sign up to volunteer at events and
Alderman led an effort this week – along with volunteers -- to
put collection jars in Hatteras Island businesses to raise money for
the legal costs. By the end of this week, there were donation
jars in more than 80 businesses, and more were requesting them.
A similar effort to put donation jars in businesses north of Oregon
Inlet is being led by Carol Garris of Fishin' Fever tackle shop in Kill
The T-shirts feature an aerial photo by Don Bowers of a beach access
rally on March 22 during which participants spelled out PLEASE HELP US
with their ORVs. The message on the shirt is “I support
free & open beaches on Hatteras & Ocracoke in the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore Recreation Area.”
All proceeds from the sales of the T-shirts will go the CHAPA.
To order the shirts, to donate, volunteer or get more information, go to http://www.capehatterasapa.com. For T-shirt information, click on news and announcements.