June 15, 2017

Weekly CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

Cape Point remains open via an ORV corridor. Only ORVs are allowed to pass through an ORV corridor. Informational signs have been posted as close to the water as possible, but signs do not fare well against high tides, so it’s important to remember that the boundary goes all the way to the ocean’s edge and extends by 150 meters (into the ocean). As an FYI, the American Oystercatcher nest that created the ORV-only corridor is due to hatch toward the end of June. This event may result in a change in current access to the Point.

Due to a broken pipe, the Buxton Beach Nourishment start date has been delayed. A replacement pipe will arrive soon and the project is expected to begin on Saturday, June 17.

As visitation picks up, so does the number of abandoned items left on the beach. Reminder that items may not be left unattended on beaches (canopies, tents, chairs) over night. By packing out what we pack into the beach, we can help keep our beaches looking beautiful and safe for all visitors.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is celebrating the oceans and its resources by hosting a beach cleanup on June 24 from 9:00 – 11:00 am starting at the Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site parking lot. Bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing, including hats and closed-toe shoes. Trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them. The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will be hosting their Operation Beach Respect beach cleanup on the same day. Thank you for continuing to help clean up Seashore beaches, NCBBA!

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