National Park Service and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association
joined forces on Saturday, April 21, to perform an island-wide clean-up
of popular beach spots and local ORV ramps on Hatteras Island.
NCBBA hosts several beach clean-ups per year, and they’ve been doing
this for more than three decades,” said Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Superintendent David Hallac. “It’s an amazing demonstration of their
love and care for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”
neat about this weekend is that we coordinated closely, and co-held our
clean-ups at Coquina Beach and the Lighthouse Beach, so we got an
incredible amount of cleaning done.”
staff, NCBBA members, and other volunteers all tackled different areas
of the shoreline during the Operation Beach Respect, with dozens of
folks pitching in to join in the effort.
was very successful,” said Hallac. “We had some large groups show up at
the lighthouse to help. The NCBBA concentrated on the off-road vehicle
ramps, and we concentrated on these two sites, and we were able to
generate a lot of clean up power… we were really impressed with [the
Beach Respect has been going strong for 34 years, and was also held in
conjunction with the Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up, which occurred along
N.C. Highway 12 between Ramps 2-4.
addition to the NCBBA regular clean-ups, which are typically held 3-4
times per year, Hallac noted that the Outer Banks Preservation
Association has been another solid partner in pitching in to keep the
[OBPA] has been sponsoring messaging and signs for the ‘Pack it in,
Pack it out’ campaign, and a lot of people have been noticing these
signs and picking up their brochures. We recognize their role in
getting the message out on keeping the beaches [continually] clean,” he
beautiful and breezy weather, and a strong turnout at multiple sites,
the day’s clean-up was a solid success, with pristine beaches left
behind by the teams of volunteers. “It was an amazing job, and we got a
lot accomplished,” said Hallac. “When it comes to keeping the beaches
clean, it takes a village”.