| May 11, 2008
Vandalism of resource protection closure signs results in expansion of buffer
of symbolic fencing marking a shorebird closure in the South Beach area
of Cape Hatteras National Seashore was discovered early Saturday
morning. Approximately 1.7 miles east of Ramp 49 in Frisco, a
park ranger patrolling the area discovered and documented 12 posts with
“Area Closed” signs broken off at the sand line and several
Carsonite closure markers pulled out at the shoreline.
During the investigation, two sets of footprints were found along the
edge of the fence line that extended from the dunes to the waters
edge. No footprints or tire tracks were observed entering the
closed area, which was established to protect a least tern colony. No
birds appeared to have been disturbed during the act of vandalism.
As prescribed in the court ordered consent decree, this closure
violation resulted in a mandatory expansion of the closure area by 50
meters (164 feet) to the west.
The recent court approved consent decree related to shorebird and sea
turtle protection at the seashore requires the National Park Service to
automatically expand the closure area by 50 meters if a confirmed
deliberate act disturbs or harasses wildlife or vandalizes fencing,
nests, or plants. Park staff documented the site and expanded the
closure as ordered.
Superintendent Mike Murray reiterated the need for all parties to meet the consent decree requirements.
“I urge everyone to consider that future acts of intentional
vandalism to resource protection areas will result in greater expansion
of the buffers. These expansions are not discretionary under the
consent decree,” stated Murray.
For more information about closures at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
and visitor opportunities, visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/caha.
offered for information about closure vandals
United Four Wheel Drive Association and the Blue Ribbon Coalition are
offering a $1,000 reward for specific information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for the
vandalism for resource protection signs on the South Beach at
having information should contact United Four Wheel Drive Association
at 757-546-7969, the
Blue Ribbon Coalition at 208-237-1008, or Park
Service ranger David Carter at 252-475-8326.
submitting information will receive a code number to use in tracking
the status of the tip.
Tips can be submitted anonymously. No
is used and callers need not identify themselves.