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December 7, 2014

The CHNSRA Senate vote is this week. Call your US Senator and have them vote yes on the National Defense Act bill!

The complete language is shown below.
Please note the call to action by Past President and Legal Affairs Director Jim Keene!


IMPORTANT - Immediate Action Needed

National Defense Act 0f 2015 SEC 3057 PUBLIC LANDS PACKAGE



The 2015 National Defense Act contains a very important changes for CHNSRA (see Below) has passed in the House and we need your support to get it passed in the Senate. It is important that you call your Senator ASAP this week and ask for their support and vote for passage of this legislation. If you are represented by Senators Burr and Hagen please call and thank them for their support. Please call or email because time is running out.

Don't delay or leave it up to other to call or email. Do it now!


  1. Members they can find their Senator's DC Office, phone number & email address @ US Senator Contact Information
  2. Note that the House of Representatives has already passed this bill and the attachment introduced by Congressman Walter Jones.

SEC. 3057. CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE RECREATIONAL AREA.(a) DEFINITIONS.-In this section:
(1) FINAL RULE.-The term ''Final Rule''means the final rule entitled ''Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Off-Road Vehicle Management''(77 Fed. Reg. 3123 (January 23, 2012)).
(2) NATIONAL SEASHORE.-The term ''National Seashore'' means the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.
(3) SECRETARY.-The term ''Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior.
(4) STATE.-The term ''State'' means the State of North Carolina.

(b) REVIEW AND ADJUSTMENT OF WILDLIFE PROTECTION BUFFERS.-
(1) IN GENERAL.-Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall review and modify wildlife buffers in the National Seashore in accordance with this subsection and any other applicable law.
(2) BUFFER MODIFICATIONS.-In modifying wildlife buffers under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall, using adaptive management practices-
(A) ensure that the buffers are of the shortest duration and cover the smallest area necessary to protect a species, as determined in accordance with peer-reviewed scientific data; and
(B) designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around areas of the National Seashore closed because of wildlife buffers, to allow access to areas that are open.
(3) COORDINATION WITH STATE.-The Secretary, after coordinating with the State, shall determine appropriate buffer protections for species that are not listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), but that are identified for protection under State law.

(c) MODIFICATIONS TO FINAL RULE.-The Secretary shall undertake a public process to consider, consistent with management requirements at the National Seashore, the following changes to the Final Rule:
(1) Opening beaches at the National Seashore that are closed to night driving restrictions, by opening beach segments each morning on a rolling basis as daily management reviews are completed.
(2) Extending seasonal off-road vehicle routes for additional periods in the Fall and Spring if offroad vehicle use would not create resource management problems at the National Seashore.
(3) Modifying the size and location of vehicle free areas.

(d) CONSTRUCTION OF NEW VEHICLE ACCESS POINTS.-The Secretary shall construct new vehicle access points and roads at the National Seashore-
(1) as expeditiously as practicable; and
(2) in accordance with applicable management plans for the National Seashore.

(e) REPORT.-The Secretary shall report to Congress within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act on measures taken to implement this section.
 

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