Jan. 28 and Feb. 8, National Park Service resources management staff
conducted annual assessments of breeding habitat for piping plover,
Wilson’s plover, American oystercatcher, and colonial waterbirds.
March 11, 2014
Seashore establishes pre-nesting
areas for 2014 season
During these assessments, preferred habit was located and
pre-nesting areas for piping plover, Wilson’s plover, and American
oystercatchers will be installed by March 15, weather and shoreline
conditions permitting. Pre-nesting areas for colonial waterbird
sites will be installed by April 15.
The 2014 breeding
habitat assessment and pre-nesting maps will be posted no later than
March 15 and April 15 respectively, on the NPS PEPC website under the
Document List for the ORV Management Plan/EIS and Rulemaking project
pre-nesting closure areas are based on the recent breeding history of
the respective protected species at the seashore and the actual habitat
conditions observed during the annual assessment. At most
pre-nesting areas pedestrian access is allowed along the shoreline
below the ocean high tide line until shorebird breeding activity is
observed. Then standard species-specific buffers will be
Dogs are generally prohibited in the
pedestrian shoreline access corridor below the high tide line adjacent
to the prenesting closures and within any posted resource closure, but
properly leashed dogs are otherwise allowed in open ORV routes and
pedestrian areas. The site-specific restrictions are posted at each
location with on-site signage and is the most accurate and up-to-date
indication of access status.
In addition, on March
15 the Bodie Island Spit seasonal ORV route from 0.2 mile south of Ramp
4 to the inlet will be changed to a seasonal Vehicle Free Area while
the designated year-round ORV route from 0.5 of a mile south of Coquina
Beach to 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 4 remains open to vehicles with
access via Ramp 4.
ORV permits are available online by visiting
www.recreation.gov website or at the following park locations: Coquina
Beach (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head), the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton), and the Ocracoke
Visitor Center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke). The permit
offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round, seven days a
week, except Christmas Day, with expanded hours on weekends and
holidays during the summer season. The cost of an annual permit
(valid for the calendar year) is $120. A seven-day ORV permit
(valid from the date issued) costs $50.
interactive Google Earth map has been updated to reflect these
changes. The map is available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm . During the summer season, this map is subject to frequent changes and on-site signage provides current conditions.
For more general information, call 252-473-2111 or visit the park webpage at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm.
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