conversation with the seashore superintendent ....WITH AUDIO
spring's news and issues at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore were
the topic of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on
Sunday, April 17. The guest for the interview was seashore
Superintendent David Hallac.
In a wide-ranging discussion with host Irene Nolan, editor of The
Island Free Press, Hallac talked about many issues, including:
The new off-road vehicle corridor -- established under modified buffer
rules for nesting birds -- that is now in effect at Cape Point. The
corridor has a good chance of keeping the Point open well into May. In
recent years, the Point has closed in early April. There is also a
corridor at South Point on Ocracoke. The corridors take vehicles
around American oystercatchers exhibiting nesting behavior. ORVs may
travel slowly through the corridor without stopping, but pedestrians
are not allowed. This will continue until there are chicks on the
ground, which could be about a month if a nest is established. Hallac
says the science shows that "when a human being walks past nesting
birds, they tend to flush and are clearly disturbed." They are
less disturbed, he said, when the people are in vehicles.
Stormwater and flooding issues in the area of the Cape Point
campground. Hallac updates the seashore's continued conversations
with the state's Department of Environmental Quality to put a plan in
place to drain the area.
Extended seasons for all four of the seashore's campgrounds -- at
Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke. The campgrounds
will be open through Thanksgiving. Reservations can also be made
for all four campgrounds now at www.recreation.gov.
New places to buy ORV permits, including online 24 hours a day, seven
days a week at www.recreation.gov. The Park Service has given up
the temporary trailers it used to dispense permits, though you can
still buy them in person at the Visitor Centers at Bodie Island, Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse, and Ocracoke. However, you can also buy an
annual or seven-day permit online and print it out at home before you
visit the park. The Park Service has dropped fees for getting a
permit online and for shipping. So the permit costs the same when
puchased online as when purchased at a Visitor Center. Click here for
The purchase of ORV permits online is up 55 percent this year, Hallac
said. Overall, he said sales of permits are up 7 percent.
Last year, the seashore sold 35,000 ORV permits, up from about 30,000
in previous years. "Obviously, ORV use at Cape Hatteras National
Seashore is very popular," Hallac said.
The seashore's new and improved Facebook page and daily and weekly
reports. Pinned to the top of the page is a Ramp Status Report
that is updated daily. Also now available on the Facebook page
are the weekly reports on natural resources (bird and turtle nesting)
and miles open and closed at the seashore. Hallac says you do not
have to sign up for Facebook to have access to the seashore's page -- www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasNS.
Public comments on the Environmental Assessment of changing some of the
rules in the final ORV plan, including such things as times of opening
beaches, length of time seasonal ORV routes are open, and location of
vehicle-free areas. Hallac said the seashore had 1,451 comments
submitted. That compares to 1,800 submitted after the first
public scoping meetings last August and 9,300 on buffer modification
rules last spring.
To listen to the interview with Hallac, scroll down to the "To the
Point" logo and click on the arrow.
"To the Point" airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 ,
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 www.radiohatteras.org.
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