National Park Service is seeking public comment on proposed
infrastructure improvement projects identified in the final Off-Road
Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan that would facilitate visitor access to
key recreational areas while providing resource protection to wildlife
and plants within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the
proposed construction of parking lots, pedestrian access points and
accessible boardwalks, and unpaved interdunal roads and beach access
ramps for ORVs at various locations in the seashore.
Scoping is done in the initial phase of a project to seek input from a
variety of sources, according to the Park Service. The input is used to
identify issues, areas requiring additional study, and topics that will
be analyzed in the EA process.
“This is an opportunity for you to provide us with your suggestions,
comments, and concerns regarding beach access at Cape Hatteras,” the
Park Service says.
The 30-day public scoping period opens today and closes on March 31.
The public scoping period is part of the process to prepare an
Environmental Assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969.
The Final Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan identified potential
projects that would facilitate visitor access to key recreational areas
within the seashore while providing resource protection.
These projects relate to the development of parking areas, unpaved
roads and beach access ramps, pedestrian access points, and accessible
boardwalks and include the following:
10-car parking area at the former site of the U.S. Coast Guard Station
on Bodie Island
handicap accessible boardwalk at Coquina Beach on Bodie Island
handicap accessible boardwalk at the Ramp 55 parking area on Hatteras
handicap accessible boardwalk at the Ocracoke Pony Pens
handicap accessible boardwalk at the Ocracoke Day Use Area
access road from NC 12 to fee station at Coquina Beach
off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp and 10-car parking area 0.5 miles south of
10-car parking area at Ramp 4 for foot trail to Bodie Island spit with
footbridge across wetland
20-car parking area and handicap accessible boardwalk at Ramp 23
10-car parking area about 1.0 mile south of Ramp 23 with foot trail to
ORV Ramp 25.5 with foot trail or boardwalk to the beach
5-car parking area at soundside Ramp 48
ORV Ramp 32.5 (Little Kinnakeet) with a 10-car parking lot and foot
trail to the beach
10-car parking area at soundside access #59 with foot trail from
highway to the beach
handicap accessible boardwalk at Ramp 34
handicap accessible boardwalk to sound at Haulover Beach Parking Area
15-car parking area west side of highway at/near Kite Point
5-car parking area west side of highway at/near soundside access 60
50-car parking area at the former Buxton Coast Guard Station w/
handicap accessible boardwalk
handicap accessible boardwalk at Lighthouse Beach
5-car parking area at Loran Road w/ new handicap accessible boardwalk
to the beach
elevated section of Lighthouse Road to address flooding at ramps 43 and
unpaved interdunal road (IDR) between Ramp 45 and 49 w/new ORV Ramp
47.5 to the beach
Ramp 49 and add connector road and 5 car parking lot to Billy Mitchell
Rd. near Frisco Campground
unimproved 20-car parking area near the Pole Road/Spur Road intersection
handicap accessible boardwalk at/near north ferry terminal parking area
ORV Ramp 59.5 at north Ocracoke
5-car parking area at the west/north side of highway entrance of Barrow
ORV Ramp 63 across from Scrag Cedar Road
The Environmental Assessment (EA) is underway. After the EA
made public, there will be another opportunity to provide public
comment before the Park Service announces a decision.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that an EA
include a minimum of two alternatives. Initial internal
scoping identified the following alternatives for consideration in the
Action: The potential development identified in the ORVMP would not be
constructed and visitors would continue to access the beach through
existing ramps, roads, and parking areas.
Action: Some or all of the proposed development identified in
ORVMP would be constructed providing visitors additional access
Written comments may be submitted through the NPS Planning,
Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha. Select the “Proposal to
Construct New Development that Facilitates Public Access” link to view
the scoping documents. Comments can also be mailed to:
Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park
Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. To ensure your comments
included in this process, they must be entered into PEPC or postmarked
by March 31, 2012.
Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any other way than
those specified above. Bulk comments in hard copy or
formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.
here for a map that includes all of the proposed oceanside
and soundside ramps.
To go straight to the public comment form: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=46004