Beach Access Issues
June 11, 2008

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will meet June 17-18

The fifth meeting of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18, at the Comfort Inn in South Nags Head.

The committee of 30 members and their alternates is charged with developing a long-range plan for off-road vehicle use on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The meeting are open to the public, and members of the public can comment at noon each day.

•    Review proposed approach on Carrying Capacity and determine next steps
•    Introduce bird management background information by invited experts
•    Invent ideas and options for protecting natural resources and access at Cape Point, and possibly other areas
•    Update on socio-economic study
•    Discuss further technical assistance
•    Identify additional options for closures in front of Villages
•    Develop and organize work over the summer leading up to September meeting
•    Obtain input from the public
•    Consider other topics, if time allows


8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Welcome to All and Opening of the Meeting, Mike Murray, NPS, Designated Federal Official (DFO)

8:40 Review agenda, Facilitators and Agenda Planning Committee
Review and approve May meeting summary, Facilitators

9:00 Initial Background on Natural Resource Issues

• NPS and invited scientists

• Overview of species (each 20 minutes)
    Anne Hecht, Ted Simons, Mike Erwin
• Questions and answers

10:30 Break

10:45 Initial Background on Natural Resource Issues (continued as needed)

12:00 Public Comment (3 minutes per person)

Specific comments are requested on the following:
•    What are the most important questions the Committee should consider about carrying capacity and village closures?
•    What information does the Committee need to address these questions?

12:30 Lunch (if there are additional public commenters, we will adjust the lunch time)

1:30 Generate and Explore Ideas and Options for Natural Resource Protection and Access at Cape Point

•    Facilitators and Agenda Planning Subcommittee introduce topic and format
•    Approach for this Discussion

•    Identify and explore approaches consistent with the available science, NOT negotiating science or resource protection guidelines

•     Offer ideas, suggestions, or options, NOT proposals

•    Ideas, suggestions, and options are NOT commitments

•    No consensus testing

•    Never say never

•    Saying no is not enough - what do you suggest that includes others’ interests too?

•    Invited experts included, if available

•    Other?

3:00 Break

3:15 Continue Discussion

4:45 Summary of Day and Closing Remarks

5:00 Adjourn

6:30 Beach Tour of Bodie Island (meet at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center public boat launch parking area)


8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Review of Day II Agenda

8:45 Update on and Discussion of Socio-Economic Study (Subcommittee)

10:00 Break

10:15 Follow-On Discussion from First Day, as needed
11:00 Carrying Capacity – furthering the discussion

•    NPS overview of proposed approach (to be sent in writing to the Committee prior to the meeting)
•    Discussion
•    Next steps (Work Group over the summer?)

12:00 Public Comment

Specific comments are requested on the following:
•    What ideas and options do you suggest for providing protection of natural resources and access on Cape Point?
•    What information can you provide or does the Committee need to address these issues?

12:30 Lunch (if there are additional public commenters, we will adjust the lunch time)
1:30 Village Closures

•    Identify and discuss options and ideas
•    Next steps
2:15 Additional Topics, if time (see attachments for these potential topics)

•    Designating Routes and Areas, Buxton to Ocracoke
•    Vehicle characteristics (including motorcycles issue)
•    Vehicle operations
•    ORV closures
•    Transportation Management
•    Education and Outreach
•    Night driving and lighting
•    Signage
•    Other?

2:45 Further Scientific Input/Assistance

•    Purpose, interests for potential assistance
•    Link to the Committee’s work and schedule
•    Resources to implement
•    Criteria for who assists
•    Other

3:20 Planning for future meetings

•    Assign Work Groups and topics
•    Review draft Work Plan for remainder of year
•    Agenda topics for September meeting
•    Mid-Year Evaluation of Committee
•    Other?

3:45 Summary and Closing Remarks

4:00 Adjourn

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