GRNC Alert: NC Traditions Under Siege Grass Roots North Carolina, P.O. Box 10684, Raleigh, NC 27605
919-664-8565, www.grnc.org, GRNC Alert Hotline: (919) 562-4137
February 15, 2010
NC Traditions Under Siege:
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY LAND GRABS[/b]
In recent months, GRNC has been informing you of moves being
supported by Sen. Richard Burr to place hunting land around Blowing
Rock under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, thus ending
all hunting and sport shooting on that tract. Sadly it appears that
may have only been the beginning of a much larger move to make
thousands of acres of land off limits to the hunters and target
shooters of our state.
First there was S1767, "Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock
Land Exchange Act of 2009." Now there is S2951, "Blue Ridge Parkway
Protection Act". Whereas S1767 is behind the attempted land grab being
engineered by the town leaders of Blowing Rock to transfer a large
tract of land which backs up to property owned by a member of the town
council, S2951 will do the same thing for up to 50,000 acres of land
along the Blue Ridge Parkway under the guise of protecting it. What are
they trying to protect if from: you?
In a display of bi-partisanship, both bills are sponsored by
Republican Sen. Richard Burr and are co-sponsored by Democrat Sen. Kay
Hagan. It appears that bi-partisanship really means the people being
hit from two different directions. Isn't it nice when our
representatives get along! Today they feel the need to "protect" the
Blue Ridge Parkway from us. We can't help but wonder what they are
going to "protect" on our behalf tomorrow, and from which segment of
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
It is not too late, however. Sen. Burr can still fix this bill by
introducing a floor amendment that would designate these lands as
"National Recreation Areas" open to hunting and shooting. Urge him to do so.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED[/b]
Contact Sen. Richard Burr and let him know you don't appreciate his
idea of "protection":
Washington DC Office:
Phone: (202) 224-3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
Contact Sen. Kay Hagan and let her know that her continued work
against the people of this state is being noticed:
Washington, DC Office:
Phone: (202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Your support of S 1767 & S 2951, two bills that will forever place thousands of acres off limits to NC hunters is completely unacceptable. The sporting population of our state is its very backbone and should not be spat upon in this manner by those with
whom we have entrusted our liberties.
Despite these poorly thought out bills, you can still provide a fix
for the situation. I urge you to introduce a floor amendment that
would designate these lands as "National Recreation Areas."
I am watching this shameless effort to snatch the land of our
ancestors from the good people of our state and place it beyond their
use very closely. This will strongly factor into my future voting
choices. I will be monitoring your votes and movements in this through
Grass Roots North Carolina.
A Concerned North Carolina Voter