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Some of the best hunting and fishing areas on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are on and around undeveloped barrier islands. Yet, these areas are experiencing the fastest growth, urbanizing at twice the rate of the mainland. Unless policies are changed, costs to taxpayers for barrier island development and loss of natural habitat will be enormous.
Wetlands in North Carolina are important and productive environments that provide people with a number of benefits. The federal government is inadvertently subsidizing the destruction of these habitats through the National Flood Insurance Program. Government insurance encourages development in areas inhabited by wildlife.