Access and Park Issues
Dare County access Web site posts interviews with Mike Berry
County’s Web site, www.preservebeachaccess.org has posted a
special, five-part series of interviews with Dr. Mike Berry of Chapel
Hill on such issues as the “fiasco” of the consent decree,
the lack of science involved in off-road vehicle rulemaking, and why
the so-called “best available science” cited by
environmental groups and the Park Service just doesn’t measure up.
PreserveBeachAccess.org is supported by the Dare County Board of
Commissioners in partnership with the Dare County Tourism Board. It is
a “grassroots movement dedicated to Preserving Access to
America’s Beaches” and is dedicated to “the basic
principle that people and nature can live together in harmony. “
Berry describes himself as a “user” of the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore for more than 40 years. He was a senior manager and
scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), serving
as the Deputy Director of the National Center for Environmental
Assessment at Research Triangle Park, N.C. He has taught at the
University of North Carolina. Currently he is retired but still active
a writer and science advisor.
He has been a critic of the ORV rulemaking process – during the
failed negotiated rulemaking process and in public comments to the Park
Service. And he has written guest columns for The Island Free
Press. (Go to the Archives on front page and “google” Dr.
He also has his own blog – To the Point – covering beach access issues.
You can find it at http://www.drmikeberry.com/
The PreserveBeachAccess Web site covers these issues in the five-part
interview with Berry:
• Get to know Dr. Mike Berry and his
and academic background. He explains that there is an "absence of good
science for decision makers as the basis for what they do."
• Dr. Mike Berry calls the consent decree
a "fiasco" prepared behind closed doors without public review.
As an environmental scientist, he says it sets a "disturbing precedent."
• USGS protocol "opinions" are reviewed.
He also thanks the Dare County Board of Commissioners.
• Dr. Berry exposes so-called "best
science," explaining "It does not include flawed science, it does not
include incomplete information and it does not include junk science."
• "Never were the USGS protocols intended
regulatory mechanisms." Dr. Berry adds, "Until the science is fully
openly reviewed and assessed, there will be public distrust."
Go to http://www.preservebeachaccess.org/landingnew/specialdrberry.html
to see the interviews.
Also on the Web site, Berry talks about the forthcoming Draft
Environmental Impact Statement on ORV rulemaking and why it is so
import to the public to be involved in the process.
To see that interview, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehHYHlyHHY8