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.

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  • by stephen Location: edenton on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:21 PM
    I think the people of this area and state has forgotten about 09/11/2001, after that day there were more flags being flown on homes all across this state and nation. Now that the Navy, part of our great Military, wants to put a OLF in northeast NC, and everybody is agaisnt it, that is unthinkable. I would love to see the Navy put it anywhere they want to, i would love to see it at the Edenton Air Port, there is already runways in place. The people of this great Nation i guess have forgotten about 09/11/01, just like people in this area have forgotten about Hurricane Isabell, it was the storm that only happens every 100 years or so. Our Military needs places to practice so if and when we need them, they will be ready. Remember that Freedom is not Free.
  • by Al Location: Washington, NC on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:35 PM
    Bring on the OLF. The sooner the better.

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