February 17, 2016

Seashore releases environmental
document on ORV rule changes

Cape Hatteras National Seashore released today, for public review, an environmental assessment (EA) for the consideration of modification to the final rule for off-road vehicle management.

Seashore officials are planning five public meeting to consider the changes to the ORV special regulation.

The changes include:

  • Morning opening of beaches.
  • Extending the length of fall and spring seasonal ORV routes.
  • Modifying the size and location of vehicle free areas.

This EA, prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, will be open for review and comment for 30 days from Feb. 17 - March 18, 2016.

This EA was prepared in response to the Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015 pertaining to the Seashore’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan.

Seashore staff will conduct five public meetings to provide information on the EA and receive public comments. The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • February 26, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.
  • February 29, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa, 1700 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va.
  • March 1, 2016, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. – Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 Highway 12, Buxton.
  • March 2, 2016, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. – Ocracoke School, 120 Schoolhouse Rd, Ocracoke Island.
  • March 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – McKimmon Conference & Training Center, 1101 Gorman Street, NC State University Campus, Raleigh.

The EA is available for review and comment at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha-orv-ea. Select the “Open for Comment” link to view and comment on the EA. Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be entered into the above referenced website or postmarked by March 18, 2016. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, social media, or in any other manner than those specified above. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

For more information see the park website at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/parkmgmt/2015ndaact.htm.

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