THE FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC TRUST RESOURCES AND RIGHTS, INC
A 501 C (3) NON-PROFIT
DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS IN NC'S PUBLIC TRUST WATER
RESTORING SUB AQUATIC VEGETATION IN NC'S SOUNDS
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A Bit of Background
Here at The Foundation for Public Trust Rights and Resources, we know that sometimes all it takes to change an undesirable situation is a community with a common interest. Since our founding we have been determined to change what has happened to the wonderful sounds, bays, and rivers of North Carolina's coast. Our Passion is to make public trust waters a place where the State's richest and poorest person has equal and unbridled access to fully exercise the rights granted under the NC Public Trust doctrine. We also want to reinvigorate and restore the vast beds of sub aquatic vegetation that supports an array of fish and waterfowl. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
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N.C.G.S. 1-45.1 "PUBLIC TRUST RIGHTS" MEANS THOSE RIGHTS HELD IN TRUST BY THE STATE FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE
They include the right to navigate, swim, hunt, fish and enjoy all recreational activities in the watercourses of the State
We all own the water and the land underneath - Do you willing want to give up your right to use what we all own????
Do you want to surrender your rights and liberty to a government that has not acted in your best interest?
Making A Difference
The Foundation is dedicated to making North Carolina's Public Trust waters a place for all citizens again, not just a few.
All funds raised by out organization will be used for the initiatives outlined here. We are all volunteer with no paid employees.
The great sounds, marshes, rivers and bays of our coast have experienced dramatic decline in sub aquatic vegetation (SAV) and the species of fish, and waterfowl it supports. . While this is due to a variety of causes our team will work with researchers to restore beds of SAV. The depletion of SAV at great natural lakes such as Mattamuskeet is of particular concern. Our goal is to find the right species for the environmental conditions. There are specific times of year when we will engage in our action plan of planting SAV in places that are suited for it. In the spring of 2020 we will plant test areas of Sago, Southern Naidia , and Wigeon Grass on shoals and shallow areas of our Sounds and Bays. Based on results we will expand the plantings as funds are available. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause. email me or text. 919-795-9391 or
RESTORE AND DEFEND PUBLIC TRUST RIGHTS
The North Carolina constitution in Section 5 states that "it shall be the policy of this State to conserve and protect the lands and waters for the benefit of all citizens." The Public Trust Doctrine, above, clearly gives rights to fish and hunt in Public trust waters to all citizens. However in 4 of the 5 best NC counties for waterfowl hunting: Dare, Pamlico, Currituck, and Carteret; county governments have taken action to deny the right to hunt waterfowl in much Public Trust water and give the exclusive right to a few. in addition, Hyde County is in the process of imposing restrictions on NC waterfowl hunters. The Foundation and its members are committed to restoring the rights to all through every legal and moral means possible. Please help support our initiatives by making a contribution to the Foundation.
What is the Basis of Our Theory That Public Water Hunting Rights Are Illegally Taken?
North Carolina Supreme Court - "State of NC vs Twiford" - The NCSC Ruling:
"Navigatable waters are free. They cannot be sold or monopolized. They can belong to no one but the public and are reserved for free and unrestricted use by the public for all time. What ever monopoly may obtain on land, the waters are unbridled yet. …..history and the law bestowed the title of these submerged lands ----- upon the state to hold in trust for the people so all might enjoy their beauty and bounty."
Planned Initiatives - What we are Doing and Ongoing Status
- Restoring SAV in the Bays of Pamlico SoundTime is TBDLocation is TBDTime is TBDLocation is TBDWith the appropriate permits and approval the Foundation will plant beds of wigeon grass, sago and eel grass in areas with the appropriate water depth and bottom structure. This action should help restore water quality, reduce wave action erosion, provide food and cover for fish and waterfowl.
- Restoring the Right to Hunt in All Public Trust WaterTime is TBDNC Superior CourtTime is TBDNC Superior Court , 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601, USAAs funding permits the Foundation intends to acquire the best resource possible to ensure that waterfowl hunters' rights are not infringed in any county because NC Session Laws (Local Laws) give exclusive hunting rights to a few.
- Habitat Improvement at Lake MattamuskeetTime is TBDLake MattamuskeetTime is TBDLake Mattamuskeet, Fairfield, NCWe believe that the water quality and environment of this great natural lake is in peril. The goal of this initiative is to work with USFW officials to fund the planting of SAV, carp removal and other initiatives to restore quality habitat to Lake Mattamuskett.