Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., represents Beaufort County and said in a letter to Navy Secretary Donald Winter that the Navy should pick another site in North Carolina for the outlying landing field, or OLF.
Jones is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Already, other congressmen and the governor as well as the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have said the site in Beaufort and Washington counties should be reconsidered. The Navy has said the site it selected best serves the needs of pilots at Virginia and North Carolina bases as they practice at-sea landings before aircraft carriers are deployed.
Jones said he is concerned about the possibility that carrier jets making practice landings at the field would collide with migratory birds from a nearby Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge that hosts thousands of geese and ducks each year.