State Agriculture Commissioner Steve
Troxler is the latest public official to ask the Navy to find an
alternative site for a landing field planned for eastern North
Troxler, a Republican, sent a letter to U-S Navy Secretary
Donald Winter Wednesday.
In it, he says North Carolina could lose farmland if the
proposed project in Washington and Beaufort counties goes through.
Troxler says the project would affect soybean and corn crops at
a time when prices and demand are high.
Governor Easley and dozens of organizations have expressed their
opposition to the outlying landing field. They've highlighted the
impact the project could have on migratory birds in a nearby
The Navy favors the site near the refuge because it's close to
both Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia and Cherry Point Marine
Corps Air Station in Havelock.