|Beach Access Issues
| March 23, 2009
Seashore’s first two shorebird breeding areas are closed
Hatteras National Seashore officials have closed the first two
shorebird breeding areas of the season, in accordance with the consent
decree that was approved by the U.S. District Court on April 30 of last
1) Bodie Island Spit – A full beach closure has been
established 1.3 miles south of Ramp 4 along the ocean shoreline, as a
result of observed piping plover breeding behavior. ORV and
pedestrian access is precluded past the closure. The shoreline
south/west of the closure, outside of the pre-nesting area, remains
open for boat landing/pedestrian access.
2) South Beach -- A full beach closure has been established 0.2
miles west of Ramp 45 along the ocean shoreline and continues for
approximately 0.5 of a mile to the west, as a result of observed
American oystercatcher breeding behavior. The closure precludes
through access between Ramp 45 and Ramp 49. Access remains open
from Ramp 45 for 0.2 miles east and 0.2 miles west (i.e., a
cul-de-sac). Access is also open from Ramp 49 for 2.7 miles east
to where the closure is located.
Under the terms of the consent decree, as shorebird breeding activity
is observed NPS is required to install mandatory buffers around
breeding sites. As the breeding season progresses from mid-March
to mid-to-late August, park visitors can expect to see temporary
resource closures in effect at various locations. Closures
generally will be removed when breeding activity has been completed at
a particular site.
For up-to-date information on what areas are currently open or closed,
check the Seashore’s Google Earth map at:
www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm or call
252-473-2111 ext. 148.
Park visitors are reminded that entering a resource closure or damaging
resource closure signs or fencing are federal criminal violations, each
subject up to a $5,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment.
Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash no greater
than 6 feet.