If a bird lives on the beach and no one can get there to see it, is it a resource?

by Highlander
(Pittsburgh, PA)



So many "conservation" minded people on all of these forums refer to "preserving the resources for our children" that make the Banks an attractive destination.I have been coming to the Rodanthe area for almost 30 years. I love the wildlife. I used to fish and watch the birds, hope to spot a turtle etc. But now in many cases, I can not get to where the fish birds and turtles are. I have arthritis, so I can not walk far on sand. But even if I could walk, places I want to go, the best places to fish, or observe wildlife, are often EFFECTIVELY closed to ALL human traffic, foot or vehicle. The point the inlet for instance have been closed the last three times I came down. (we did not bother to come at all in 2011.

The wildlife in these there ceases to be a resource for anybody if no one has access to them.
This seems to be in-congruent with the original intention of the OBX as a National Recreational Seashore. "The children" are not going to give a crap about the plover, the tern or the turtle if they can not get out there to see them. Sorry, most people are self centered, just a fact of life.

Those of you who promote these kinds of limits on access really need to think about this long term. Most people are not environmentalists.
I should think that it would be in the common interest to promote peoples awareness of wildlife, the outdoors getting people "out there" finding funding for conservation programs etc.
These exclusionary policies puts this place and these natural resources out of sight and out of mind.

People will stop caring about and stop wanting to pay taxes for that which they can not appreciate or utilize. And worse they will become actively opposed to funding these parks, and even more damaging,they may actively try to eliminate the presence of species that they believe are counter to their own (albeit selfish) interests. Two years ago in May we pulled into the shopping center in Avon late at night looking for an ATM. There was a guy there behind the dumpsters at Food Lion, He had a few sacks on him. The sacks were wiggling. He was trapping cats that live on and around those dumpsters, to take to the closure area to dump. His rational was two fold, getting the cats out of the garbage is good, but cats eat plovers, No plovers, no closures. Apparently he had already deposited a dozen or more cats down there.

Government actions even when done with the best of intentions sometimes have unintended consequences.

In a crushing economy its hard to justify Govt spending and increased taxes to support a resource that few people can benefit from,

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by: Dan

Hi Highlander,

Thank you for your thoughts. I have to say that the cat story is a bit disconcerting, even for someone who would like the beach access back like they used to have it and protect the plovers as required. I do not condone this sort of action, but here is a perfect case of desperate people taking desperate actions.

It si my understanding that there is a law moving through Congress to restore things as they were prior to all of theses actions. I have been trying to track it and will post when I see an update.

Kind regards,

Dan

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