reminds the public about
closed areas around Pea Island Inlet
Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Bryant reminds people that
the area around the Pea Island Headquarters/Maintenance/Storage/Intern
House at the new Pea island Inlet is closed to the public.
site has been closed to the public for years -- since NCDOT relocated
the highway to the west of our buildings and built the public parking
lot a quarter mile south," said Bryant. "But, due to the
erosion at this site, it's extremely dangerous at this point. We need
people to stay completely out of the area, both for their own safety
and to make sure they don't get in the way of workers in the area."
Because of the rapid erosion and instability of the site, the beach
adjacent to the headquarters site has also been closed.
the areas west of Highway 12, north of New Inlet,
of North Pond have been closed to the public. So, in fact,
the east and west sides of the highway are closed to all entry at this
In this section of the refuge, leaving the Highway 12 right-of-way is a
violation of federal law.
know that people are curious and want to see what it looks like,"
explained Bryant, "but, we cannot allow access. It's simply
dangerous. And, in some places, no matter how often we post
signs, the next high tide washes them away."
For more information about refuge regulations, visit www.fws.gov/peaisland
or contact the refuge office at 252-473-1131.