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Mike Murray receives award for not-quite-finished ORV plan

Thursday 31 March 2011 at 5:07 pm

The National Park Service last week announced that it has honored Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray with the Director’s Award for Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resource Protection.

I spent the end of last week working on a blog, posted last Friday, on the delays in the seashore’s off-road vehicle rulemaking, which will affect access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, for both ORVs and pedestrians, for years to come.

So I didn’t get around to publishing the media release on the NPS Natural Resources Award.

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More delays before we see the final ORV rule?

Friday 25 March 2011 at 4:50 pm

In the 2008 consent decree that ended a lawsuit against the National Park Service by environmental groups, park officials were required to complete an off-road vehicle management plan by Dec. 31 and to have a final special regulation implemented by April 1.

As we all have probably noticed by now, in the three years since the consent decree was signed, the Park Service hasn’t even come close.

At a status conference in early December of last year, a U.S. attorney explained to federal Judge Terrence Boyle, who is overseeing the decree, that the Park Service was working really hard but was not going to meet those deadlines.

The attorney for the National Park Service told the judge that the final ORV rule would not be available until April or May and that the implementation of the plan wouldn’t come until sometime after Labor Day.

Later at a meeting in mid-December with reporters, seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said a proposed rule was expected in February or March, a final rule in the summer, and implementation in the fall.

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Killing fish for fun instead of for food, Part II

Friday 18 March 2011 at 3:52 pm They’re back.

 

We knew they would be.

 

Groups such as the Coastal Conservation Association and the Coastal Fisheries Reform Group are making another brazen attempt to reserve three of North Carolina’s most sought after fish for recreational anglers only.

 

A bipartisan group of representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly introduced House Bill 353 on Tuesday, March 15. The four who introduced it are Republican Reps. Darrell McCormick, Dan Ingle, and Ruth Samuelson and Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier. Glazier is from Fayetteville. The other three are from Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Burlington.

 

As of today, there were 17 co-sponsors, both Republican and Democratic, and most represent inland districts.

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