Ramp 27 closes to ORVs on the eve of holiday weekend
By IRENE NOLAN
The National Park Service closed Ramp 27 between Salvo and Avon on
Friday, May 25, on the eve of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend because
of shorebird breeding activity in the pre-nesting area just north of
“Ramp 27 was closed to ORVs because of American oystercatcher breeding
activity in the pre-nesting area,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Superintendent Mike Murray said in an e-mail to Jim Keene of the North
Carolina Beach Buggy Association.
“While the timing of a resource closure before a holiday weekend is
regrettable,” Murray told Keene, “we have indicated for weeks in the
Beach Access Summary that the lower beach access at the pre-nesting
would remain open until breeding activity is documented. And now
breeding activity has been documented.
“The resource would have, in all likelihood, not suffered if you had
said to the resource personnel that you would delay closing until 5 or
6 p.m. on Monday,” Keene responded.
“Again, it is the seemingly spiteful application of closures that has
turned the public to a position of distrust and dislike for the mere
presence of NPS personnel. This was not the case a scant few years ago.”
The Ramp 27 parking area, boardwalk, and one-tenth of a mile of beach remain open to pedestrian access.
The Ramp 27 closure brings the number of miles on Hatteras Island open
to ORVs down to barely 8 miles. Another 2.1 miles are open on
Bodie Island, with 7.3 open to ORVs on Ocracoke, according to the May
24 Beach Access Summary.
On the 41 miles of seashore on Hatteras Island, about 7.8 miles are
open to ORVs, 18.1 open to pedestrians, and 9.8 miles are closed to all
for resource protection.
Last year, just before the Memorial Day weekend, 15.2 miles were open
to ORVs and pedestrians, 17.6 to pedestrians only, 7.6 miles was closed
for resource protection and 2.4 miles was open for “limited” access.