Farmers driving tractors convoy to la...

Farmers driving tractors convoy to landing field hearing

There are 1 comment on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 5, 2007, titled Farmers driving tractors convoy to landing field hearing. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Local farmers rumbled through town on tractors Wednesday to attend a public hearing and protest a proposed Navy landing strip in eastern North Carolina.

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Since: Mar 07

Arden, NC

#1 Apr 5, 2007
Thank you for calling attention to the OLF crisis in the eastern part of North Carolina. I urge everyone to visit the website to read of the urgency to stop the Navy from destroying the Pocosin Lake Wildlife Refuge, jobs, and a way of life for thousands of North Carolinia farmers. Lots of folks here in the western NC part of the state may not realize the battle that is going on in the eastern part of NC, and we should help our fellow North Carolinians as much as possible, because something similar could happen here. Please check out the website and give your support!

For just a little bit of insight into what is happening, here are the issues, as taken from the website:

National issues:
Safety of military pilots
Protect a globally significant National Wildlife Refuge
Waste of Federal Tax Dollars
OLF at the Washington/Beaufort Counties site will result in the following:
Danger for military pilots, citizens, wildlife, loss of 50+ million dollar aircraft
Destruction of family farms established before Colonial times
Loss of livelihood for future farming families, large number of agricultural related jobs
Loss of over 30,000 acres (almost fifty square miles)
Loss of thousands of dollars of county tax revenue, real estate values
Loss of present and future natural resources that support ecotourism, tourism, sportsman activities, retirement communities, recreational communities
Pollution: air, land, water, noise
100+ organizations and groups oppose the site
Better locations for the OLF

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