September 23, 2013
UPDATE: Cape Point closes again to ORVs
By IRENE NOLAN
The National Park Service today closed Cape Point to off-road vehicle access because of a turtle nest about to hatch.
The closed area begins about two-tenths of a mile south of Ramp 44. The closure should be temporary – about a week.
There is pedestrian access.
The turtle nest reached day 55 of the “hatch window” and the area will remain closed to ORVs until the nest hatches.
sea turtle nest was laid naturally on July 30, high on the beach near
the toe of the dune. Efforts were made to find a route around the
backside of the nest but the configuration of the duneline prohibits
this action, according to a Park Service media release.
depending on the condition of the nest, the protection measures are
installed between day 50 – 55 to protect hatchlings that may emerge at
any time. This nest was given the greatest amount of time before
the closure was installed as specified under the terms of the Off-Road
Vehicle Management Plan.
The seashore has experienced a record
number of sea turtle nests in the 2013 season with a total of 252
nests. So far, the warm sands and sunny conditions have been
conducive to timely nest hatches this season.
protection area resulting in this closure will be monitored daily for a
natural hatch. Once the hatch occurs, the nest will be excavated
after several days to allow for any remaining hatchlings to
emerge. The contents of the nests will be inventoried and the
protection area removed, which will reopen ORV access.
Point reopened to ORV access on Aug. 23 – just a month ago—after having
been closed for four and a half months for nesting shorebirds.
For more information on beach access, check the Park Service’s Google Earth maps at
http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm or call 252-473-2111.
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