|Beach Access Issues
| February 20, 2009
Park Service has released pre-nesting closure information and maps
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore 2009 pre-nesting closure summary
description and maps have been released and are now available to the
Park natural resource staff conducted the annual assessment of piping
plover breeding habitat and identified pre-nesting areas based on
current habitat conditions and consideration of the bird’s
breeding activity in recent years. The pre-nesting areas will be
established by March 15, in accordance with the consent decree.
Temporary resource protection areas are established to protect
threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers and sea
turtles, and for species of concern, including American oystercatchers
and colonial waterbirds (terns and black skimmers).
These maps are for pre-nesting closures only. When birds start
arriving and showing breeding behavior and nesting, there will be
additional beach closures to reflect the buffer requirements of the
Visitors are reminded that pets must be physically restrained at all
times on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all seashore beaches.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Click here to view the summary and description of the pre-nesting closures
Click here to view the pre-nesting maps