Another day of chores (including fishing stuff) for me this day.
Had a few comments on my last post which was cool and a call about it too. Without revisiting that rant, I have only to say that when NPS finally publishes the comments that were submitted, Its going to be interesting to see the names of those that made comment relative to those that complain the most about what is or isn't being done about access. My guess, alot of them will be missing from the list.
So today I check my email and a friend has sent me a copy of a joint Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, Southern Environmental Law Center, press release that discusses their submission of public comment to NPS.
Once again, they solicit opinion and comment from persons and other environmental organizations that have no connection or knowledge of the Seashore which falls right in line with the vast majority of so called "science" that they have submitted to NPS for consideration. No surprise there. I'm sure that the "Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society" is as well versed in the dynamics of the Seashore and the relevant wildlife as they are familiar with a six-dicked newt that breeds in Madagascar.
All through this fight we have continued to provide real science and documentation of same which they have blown off in favor of their own undocumented, speculative and often false claims. If these people played the game as we do, they wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
Taken directly from their press release comes the following statement:
"Both wildlife numbers and park visitation numbers are up under the 2008 consent decree's temporary management of ORVs in the park. The last two years had record numbers of turtle nests and the highest number of nesting piping plovers since 1998, as well as a net average increase of nearly 100,000 park visitors in 2008-2009 during months affected by the consent decree, compared to the same time period during the three previous years, 2005-2007. Not only did park visitation remain solid, but Dare County rental occupancy for both 2008 and 2009 reached a record high over a 15 year period despite two years of a nationwide economic recession."
Just when you thought you'd heard it all comes forth this piece of absolute bullshit. I'm sorry for the language, I realize that its not "professional" but it serves purpose and helps me vent.These people are so full of excrement that they should be required to posses a permit from the EPA to handle it and spew it forth else they contaminate the planet.
"Both wildlife numbers and park visitation numbers are up under the 2008 consent decree's temporary management of ORVs in the park."
This is utterly false particularly when taken in context with the economy of the Islands that comprise the majority of the Seashore. Upper dare County may have had a good year last year but down here it was all about layoffs and empty motels and angry visitors that were upset because 67% of all the beaches on the Seashore were closed to all access, not just ORV traffic. Not to mention the fact that the recession began here with the advent of the consent decree, a full year before the rest of the nation began taking a hit and dare County as a whole has gone from the status of the #2 donor county in N.C. to being the county with the highest unemployment rate in the entire state. Not to mention the fact that the visitation numbers that these people refer to include visitors to the Wright Brothers memorial as well as the Lost Colony site in Manteo, N.C., both of which are NOT located within the Seashore and are 80 odd miles from where I sit which could be considered "Seashore Central".
"The last two years had record numbers of turtle nests and the highest number of nesting piping plovers since 1998, as well as a net average increase of nearly 100,000 park visitors in 2008-2009 during months affected by the consent decree, compared to the same time period during the three previous years, 2005-2007.
Y'all make ACORN look like saints!
Fact is that in the turtle nesting season of the summer of '08 turtle nest numbers did hit record levels here at the Seashore just as they did along the entire East Coast of the U.S. which had nothing to do with the "consent" decree.Since then, nesting numbers have declined. Fact is, that the best plover year in recent memory was also in '08 but the birds were here prior to the implementation of the draconian closures stipulated by the decree. Since the decree was put in place, plover numbers have declined and predation of colonial waterbirds has increased. And considering the number of plovers nesting on the Seashore this year, Its likely that the numbers will fall yet again, or possibly remain stable but they damn sure wont increase without an act of God.
I've already discussed nesting numbers in a previous post so I wont bother to repeat it. Nesting numbers (as in numbers of nests) are no accurate indication that the birds are "recovering" by virtue of the way they are calculated. The only number that matters is how many chicks fledge from the nests; same with turtles.
If it was illegal to lie, these people would have been relegated to living under the jail a long time ago.
Why cant you just tell the truth Derb, Jason and Walker? Why not? Wait, what? It would cut off your federal funding? It would prevent you from profiting from lawsuits that the american taxpayer has to pay for? We have a 13 trillion dollar deficit and Ive got to pay your lying ass to destroy an economy and take my job away so that you can lie and present to the public, err, shove down the public's throat, some bullshit plan that has already been proven an absolute failure; all so that you can get a new pair of Birkenstocks?
Yea, I saw your whining post about how we're fighting you tooth and nail. That's what this country is about you bastards. We will be free to enjoy whats ours and we will prevail in this fight as the law is on our side!
As you are all so adept at handling and shovelling out bullshit, I suggest a better career choice would be on a cattle farm in Wyoming though the good people out there would probably have no use for you either.
End 'O Rant