Official: NC plan goes beyond what's intended

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) - A leading North Carolina wildlife official says a proposed off-road vehicle plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore provides more protection for some shorebirds than the law intends.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported the executive director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Gordon Myers, says some birds don't require the buffers and beach closures the plan allows.

The attorney for Defenders of Wildlife says the National Park Service must consider many requirements for protecting birds, not just the endangered species list.

Defenders of Wildlife is 1 of the environmental groups involved in a court-sanctioned agreement that regulates beach driving until a final plan goes into effect next year.

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