March 13, 2015
Park Service implements pre-nesting closures
protect breeding habitat for shorebirds, Cape Hatteras National
Seashore staff members are implementing pre-nesting closures in several
During the winter, staff conducted
annual assessments of preferred breeding habitat for piping plover,
Wilson’s plover, American oystercatcher and colonial waterbirds.
All pre-nesting closures will be marked by March 15. Pre-nesting
areas for colonial waterbird sites will be marked by April 15 and all
informational maps and supporting information will be posted at:
closure areas are based on the recent breeding history at the seashore
and the actual habitat conditions observed during the annual
assessment. The site-specific restrictions are posted at each
location to provide the most accurate and up-to-date indication of
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, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center, and the Ocracoke
Visitor Center. 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
The seashore’s interactive maps are updated weekly
to reflect changes to beach access. 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