Access and Park Issues
is open on DEIS on ORV management plan
By IRENE NOLAN
The public comment period on the National Park Service’s Draft
Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (DEIS) opened today and will remain
open until May 11.
The Park Service released the DEIS to the public last Friday, but the
public comment period did not open until today when the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Availability for DEIS
was published in The Federal Register. The EPA notice of availability
officially initiates the 60-day public comment period.
Seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said in a media release today that
planning for “hearing-style” public meetings is underway.
The meetings he said will be in late April, and Murray said in an
e-mail that the schedule of meetings may be available as early as next
week, as soon as the details are confirmed.
Murray has previously said that the meetings will be scheduled on the
Outer Banks, at a location in eastern North Carolina – perhaps
the Raleigh area – and in the Tidewater area of Virginia or
northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.
The DEIS evaluates the impacts of several alternatives for regulations
and procedures that would manage off-road vehicle (ORV) use and access
in the national seashore to protect and preserve natural and cultural
resources and natural processes, to provide a variety of visitor use
experiences while minimizing conflicts among various users, and to
promote the safety of all visitors.
Electronic copies of the DEIS are available for public review on the
NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web site for the
project at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkId=358&projectId=10641&documentID=32596.
A limited number of hard copies of the DEIS will be available at the
seashore headquarters, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC
27954, or a copy may be requested, as long as supplies last, from Mike
Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National
Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. Copies have been
local libraries in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Hatteras village, and
The NPS will accept comments on the DEIS until midnight (Mountain
Daylight Time) May 11.
Electronic comments may be submitted online at the NPS Planning,
Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web site by visiting http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha,
clicking on Open for Comment, clicking on the Off-Road Vehicle
Management Plan /EIS, and then clicking on Comment on
NPS encourages commenting electronically through PEPC.
If you wish to submit your written comments in hard copy (e.g. in a
letter), you may send them by U.S. Postal Service or other
delivery service or hand-deliver them to: Mike Murray,
Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park
Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
Oral statements and written comments will also be accepted during the
hearing-style public meetings.
Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any other way than
those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy
electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be
Dates, times, and locations of the hearing-style public meetings will
be announced in a press release, e-mail announcements, and http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha.