OLF Group Organizations
Currituck Citizens Against OLF Now On Internet
A group of Currituck County residents that opposes the development of an Outlying Landing Field in northeastern North Carolina has organized and developed a presence on the Internet.
The Currituck Citizens Against an OLF website can be accessed at www.noolfcurrituck.org. This website will provide Currituck County residents with additional information regarding the Outlying Landing Field, as well as details of the group's activities.
Eagle Creek HOA Opposes OLF
The Board of Directors of the Eagle Creek Homeowner's Association passed a resolution to oppose a potential Outlying Landing Field in Camden County on April 17, 2008.
A unanimous resolution against an OLF lists several concerns with the Navy's site proposal related to the neighborhood's proximity to the Hales Lake Site, on the Camden-Currituck border. Eagle Creek is located in Moyock, with an entrance near the intersection of Route 168 and Survey Road.
The Board's concerns include possible overhead flight paths of Navy jets above Eagle Creek properties, resulting safety risks and disruptions to the neighborhood, property values and quality of life.
For more information, go to www.eaglecreekinmoyock.com/eaglecreek/outside_home.asp .
Mackay Island Group Joins Public Protest
The Friends of Mackay Island, Inc. officially announced on March 26, 2008 its opposition to the Navy's proposed Outlying Landing Field on the Camden-Currituck border.
In a letter sent to the Currituck Board of Commissioners by Ronald E. Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Friends of Mackay Island, Inc., the group outlined its reasons against an OLF in the Currituck area. An OLF would permanently disrupt the natural habitat of many resident and migratory wildlife in the Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges, as well as create a substantial danger to the aircraft, crews and residents in the area, according to the letter.
The Friends of Mackay Island, Inc. state that both wildlife refuges would lie directly beneath the flight paths of the Navy jets traveling between the proposed OLF and the Navy's Virginia base at Oceana. The large amount of jet traffic would interrupt the environment and migratory patterns of many birds. In addition, the flights would pose a dangerous risk due to a possible crash arising from mid-air collisions between jets and wildlife, or by birds being sucked into the jet intake mechanism and causing loss of jet power or flameout.
Some of the wildlife species common to the refuges include bald eagles, peregrine falcons, herons, ducks, geese, swans, coots and warblers, as well as other wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors. Thousands of wildlife make daily flights across the Currituck Sound to feeding grounds near the Hales Lake area, according to the Friends of Mackay Island, Inc.
Other types of wildlife take advantage of the refuges' ground resources. These include white-tailed deer, raccoons, muskrats, mink, gray fox, opossum, feral hogs and loggerhead sea turtles. In addition, the Corolla Wild Horses live freely among the dunes of the Currituck Outer Banks.
Residents Form Anti-OLF Group
Some residents of Camden County and Gates County have organized a local effort to oppose the construction of an Outlying Landing Field in northeastern North Carolina. Citizens Against OLF is directed by private citizens, holds public informational meetings and gathers public opinion regarding the proposed OLF.