by Lloyd Goode of N.C. to Hyde County
Public Hearing on DSEIS
RALEIGH, N.C., March 19, 2007 - Ducks
Unlimited Board Member Lloyd Goode of North Carolina has prepared a statement
opposing the Navy's proposal to construct an outlying landing field (OLF)
in Washington County, North Carolina. Mr. Goode will
present this statement tonight at the Hyde County Public Hearing on the Navy’s Draft
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS).
The Public Hearing will begin at
4:30 p.m. at Mattamuskeet
Elementary School, 60 Juniper Bay Rd.
Swan Quarter, N.C.
Below is Mr. Goode’s statement:
Statement by Lloyd Goode Regarding Navy Outlying Landing Field DSEIS
Public Hearing March 19, 2007
“Hello, my name is Lloyd Goode and I serve on the Board of
Directors for Ducks Unlimited. I am a
life-long resident of North Carolina
and an avid duck hunter and conservationist.
DU is an international wetlands conservation organization with more than
22,000 members in the state of North
Since 1937, DU has helped to conserve approximately 12 million acres of
habitat, including nearly 50,000 acres in the state of North Carolina.
DU is opposed to the Navy's proposal to construct an
outlying landing field in Washington
County, North Carolina. We believe the Site C proposal will severely
impact the waterfowl and wetland resources of North Carolina.
Beginning in 2002, DU has stated its opposition to Site C
due to the proximity of the site to the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
and the importance of the area to Atlantic flyway waterfowl populations. Nearly one million swans, geese, and ducks
winter in this region in most years and non-migratory geese and resident wood
ducks utilize the area year-round. According to the DSEIS, the Site C proposal
had the highest number of wintering snow geese of any of the nearby Refuges
A team of DU scientists are reviewing the DSEIS and will
submit comments in the near future. As
stated in the past, we have serious concerns about the Navy’s plans to
manipulate 30,000 acres of land in a way to minimize attraction to large
numbers of waterfowl. This would take
major acreage of foraging habitat from the coastal landscape at a time when DU
and our partners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North
Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, are working to combat wetland loss and
expand that forage base. Further, we are
concerned about plans to address Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) challenges
by using lethal and non-lethal techniques to repel, harass and remove waterfowl
from the OLF and surrounding areas.
In northeastern North
Carolina, DU has worked with private landowners,
public agencies and other NGOs to invest more than $20 million in private and
public dollars for conservation projects.
The work includes habitat enhancements at Pungo
Lake, Pocosin Refuge, Mattamuskeet
Refuge, and Lantern
construction of the OLF could negate most of our past, present, and future
conservation efforts in a relatively short amount of time.
We are pleased that Governor Easley and other North Carolina officials
have joined with us in stating their concerns with the OLF proposal. We are
continuing our efforts to oppose further funding for Site C and urge the Navy
to consider alternative sites for the OLF. The risks of the OLF at Site C are
far too severe for waterfowl, other wildlife, and, very importantly, the people
and local economies of North Carolina. Thank you.”
With more than a million
supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland
and waterfowl conservation organization with almost 12 million acres conserved.
The United States
alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most
productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres
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