May 18, 2015

Superintendent talks about seashore
issues on radio show....WITH AUDIO

David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest on the most recent edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," which was broadcast on Sunday, May 17.

In the interview, Hallac talks about the alterations in wildlife protection buffers that have been proposed by the National Park Service in response to legislation passed in Congress last December.

During the first week in May, the Park Service hosted five meetings to present its Environmental Assessment on the alterations and to explain them to the public. The meetings were in Ocracoke, Buxton, Raleigh, Hampton, Va., and Kitty Hawk.

A public comment period on the proposed new buffers ended on May 14. The Park Service has received 9,251, which will be available to the public on the Park Planning website,, as soon as they are reviewed and compiled by staff members.

In the interview, Hallac discusses the proposals at more length and talks about the meetings, the public's reaction, and other seashore issues.

Some of the points he covers are:

  • The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's recommendations to the Park Service.

  • The seashore's protection of species that are not federally listed as threatened or endangered.

  • How the habitat for nesting shorebirds has changed at the seashore

  • Extending the "bypass" to Cape Point.

  • Proposed science workshops that would be open to the public and would focus on the difference management makes in nesting success, as opposed to all the other variables.

"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen to the show on Sundays through live streaming at

Scroll down and click on the "To the Point" logo to listen to the audio of the interview.


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