Conservationists Weigh In On New OLF Sites

Conservationists have told a state panel that six new potential sites for a Navy jet practice landing field are an improvement over the military's previously preferred location.

The Navy has backed off its preference to build the so-called outlying landing field in Beaufort and Washington counties, because of its proximity to a wildlife refuge that migratory waterfowl use as a stopover point.

The state of North Carolina worked with the Navy, and last month unveiled six other possible locations for the landing field.

Chris Canfield with Audubon North Carolina says three of the sites have potential problems for bird habitats, but adds that all six are better than the Beaufort-Washington location.