Last Public Hearing Held In Charlotte On Proposed Landing Field

About 300 people attended the last of seven public hearings on the Navy's proposal to build a landing field in eastern North Carolina.

And once again, they criticized the plan to put the filed near a wildlife refuge.

A mock Navy F/A-18 jet was parked outside the convention center in Charlotte where the hearing was held.

Critics there criticized the Navy last night for wanting to the field near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, home to about 80-thousand large tundra swans and snow geese during the winter.

The Navy wants to build the landing filed on 30-thousand acres in Washington and Beaufort counties. But Navy spokesman Ted Brown acknowledges that most of the 15-hundred public comments filed have opposed the plan.