|Beach Access and Park Issues
| July 29, 2009
Turtle nest vandalism results in expansion of buffer
new vandalism incident has resulted in expanded buffers of a turtle
protection area approximately 1.2 miles south of Rodanthe Pier in a
section of beach that is open to pedestrians.
The incident was discovered on the morning of July 26. One set of
human footprints and one set of tracks from a canine entered and exited
the closure from the north. All closure signs and fencing at the
site had been removed and taken from the area, leaving the nest
unmarked. The nest did not appear to be damaged.
The incident is being investigated by National Park Service law
enforcement personnel and has been evaluated by park management.
The court ordered consent decree mandates that if a confirmed
deliberate act that disturbs or harasses wildlife or vandalizes
fencing, nests, or plants occurs, NPS shall automatically expand the
As a result of the violation, the buffer will be expanded 50 meters.
Under consent decree modifications approved in June, NPS is not
required to expand the buffer if information from the public or
developed by NPS leads to the apprehension of a violator. If a
buffer has been expanded because of vandalism, as is the case here, and
subsequent information leads to violator apprehension, NPS may retract
NPS law enforcement personnel continue to investigate the
incident. If anyone has information about any of these
violations, please call Dare Community Crime Line at
Destruction of government property and entering a resource closure are
federal criminal violations, each subject up to a $5,000 fine and up to
six months imprisonment.
For up-to-date information on currently open or closed areas, check the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Google Earth maps at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm