Outer Banks Notes

Bart Castle

Fairview, United States

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Title: Outer Banks Notes

We met up with the extended family, and vacationed in the Outer Banks earlier this summer. We had a blast and It was great to finally see a place that I’d heard so much about although I didn’t really understand the unique geographical features found there. As you head south along the peninsulas and barrier islands that make up “OBX” you see that the most of the land is a few hundred yards wide and narrows to almost nothing between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound.

While visiting I became familiar with the plight of the Piping Plover, a topic that wholly divides the visitors and residents of the Outer Banks. The plover is a tiny bird that makes nests in the sand – aww. Problems arise when a herd of beach-goers or ORV (Off-road vehicle) fanatics trample, mash, or generally disturb the nests. Since the entire area is protected national coastline, the job of regulation falls to the National Park Service. Many of the recreation-hungry visitors feel that protecting an endangered bird is not worth the loss of access to portions of the beach near plover nests.

The struggle for balance between National Park (a tax-funded park for all to enjoy) and safe-haven for wildlife and natural resource preservation has been raging since the National Park Service was created.

Where do you stand? Park or preservation, can we have both?

I think it will take all the cleverness and ingenuity humanity can collectively muster to strike that balance and make it last – but we owe it to the the future to try.

Partially inspired by “The Earth Song” by Michael Jackson…

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