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OBX, Like it should be!

March 22, 2012

The Outer Banks, a 200-mile expanse of pristine coastline. It’s home to the Piping Plover  (a small oyster-catcher listed as a threatened species) and an important Sea Turtle nesting area. It’s also rated one of America’s top 10 beaches. Unfortunately, for the last few years it’s looked more like a sand-covered parking lot than a top 10 beach and excessive off-road vehicle (ORV) use has threatened the Sea Turtle nesting and Piping Plovers. Hopefully that’s all going to change this year!

A perfect example of why it's ranked the number 5 beach in America

As of Feb. 15, the National Park Service will be requiring anyone who wants to drive on the beach to buy a permit, $50 for a day pass or a $120 for the year. This policy is great! It’s likely to lower ORV use, keep the beach open to those willing to buy a permit or carpool, keep the beach looking like it belongs in America’s top 10, and allow the wildlife of the Outer Banks to thrive again. The result, a beautiful beach and a thriving ecosystem!

If you’re in doubt about how much of an effect ORV use has on the local wildlife check out this press release.

3 Tricks to a better, eco-friendly day at the beach

March 20, 2012

The thing that bothers me most when I go to the beach is seeing the all the plastic garbage mixed in with the sand. While it’s a little bit annoying, the beach is too much fun for something like that to stop me from going. But it’s alway in the back of my mind. So how can you be part of the solution to this plastic problem? Here are easy ways to help stop litter on the beach and maybe even improve  your time at the beach!

1. Bring your own water and food.

By bringing your own meals and drinks lowers your plastic consumption. It also mean your probably eating healthier and don’t have to worry about drinking the harmful carcinogens associated with water bottles.

2. B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Bag

Plastic bags blow are very light and can blow away down the beach or into the ocean easily. Eliminate the opportunity for plastic bags to become litter! You’ll feel better about yourself and have a reusable bag you can use other places too!

3. Carry out what you carry in

Plenty of beaches advocate for this, and for good reason. If you pay a little extra attention the beach will look just as good next time you visit and you’ll make sure you don’t accidentally forget something that you might miss!

This is just a starting point, when it comes to being more environmentally friendly there are always other things to can do to be more responsible.

Check out some of these posts for some more ideas on easy ways to make an impact!