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NPS and NCBBA Sweep the Beaches in Joint April 21 Clean-Up

The 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.
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CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

Karol Jones is our Hatteras Island District Ranger for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the following is her update on beach access, visitor information, and other issues that are pertinent to enjoying our Hatteras and Ocracoke island beaches.
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National Volunteer Week Highlight: Ruth Fordon

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) commends Volunteer Ruth Fordon for her commitment to its sea turtle nesting program. Fordon assists with turtle strandings, nest sitting, early morning turtle patrols, and raking out vehicle tracks. 
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Visit Your Park During National Park Week April 21-29, 2018

National Park Week, April 21-29, 2018, is an annual national celebration of people, parks, trails, heritage areas, national trails and rivers, seashores, historic sites, beautiful landscapes, and so many more places that are remarkable. National Park Week is a great time to connect with the vast network of national parks, which protect and preserve our natural and cultural history. 
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National Volunteer Week Highlight: Geta Jackoway

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) applauds Volunteer Geta Jackoway for her exceptional work at the Bodie Island Visitor Center and Oregon Inlet Campground. 
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Operation Beach Respect: 34 Years of Service to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area

On Saturday, April 21, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s “Operation Beach Respect,” a Beach and a Highway clean-up program, will be conducted by NCBBA Members, National Park Service Employee volunteers and other volunteers who will patrol each beach access ramp from Oregon Inlet (Ramp 2 ) to Hatteras to hand out information packets including trash bags to beachgoers.
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Old Lighthouse Beach’s Layer of Scattered Asphalt Removed

Rangers and maintenance staff from the National Park Service (NPS) recently embarked on a project to remove the scattered asphalt that has appeared along the Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton. Photos that were posted on Facebook showed before and after shots of the shoreline, with large chunks of piled asphalt removed from the final landscape. 
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Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses to Open for Climbing on April 20

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 20 through Monday, October 8.  
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CHNS Invites Public to Comment on Proposed New Septic System for NPS Housing Area

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is proposing to replace the current septic system serving the park housing units near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC. This system includes a lift station, septic drain fields, wastewater systems, and all associated electrical facilities.
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Renovated NPS Boat Ramps in Ocracoke Reopen

The recently renovated public boat ramps on Ocracoke Island have reopened to the public. 
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Historic Lighthouse A Modern-Day Marvel

The Coast Guard recently overcame various hurdles in North Carolina to keep the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse shining. Some of the light’s rare components sustained storm damage in mid-January and the light was without power for more than a month. Ohio contractors were hired by the Coast Guard to manufacture necessary replacement parts from scratch for around $3,000. Coast Guard electrician’s mates from Cape Hatteras and Fort Macon turned the light back on in Buxton February 17.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Repaired and Back to Beaming

After more than a month of dark skies, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was once again shining its light on Saturday night, February 17.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse had been turned off since roughly January 12, after several severe winter storms affected the Hatteras Island area, and caused damage to hard-to-replace parts on the lighthouse’s electrical systems.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2018 Camping Season Dates

The Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, March 30. 
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Superintendent David Hallac Invites the Community to Discuss an Overview of the 2017 Season

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to visit with staff on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, where he will review visitation patterns and park activities during 2017 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. 
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New Boardwalk and Viewing Platform in Hatteras Village Opens

The new ADA accessible boardwalk and viewing platform in Hatteras village is complete and open as of Friday morning, per the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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ORV Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island Temporarily Closed for Repairs

Beginning on Wednesday morning, beach access ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island will be temporarily closed in order to make necessary repairs to a damaged culvert.

The culvert was damaged during a recent storm, per the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. As soon as repairs are made, the ramp will reopen. In the meantime, visitors are asked to please use beach access ramp 70 to access South Point.

Project to Replace Public Boat Ramps on Ocracoke Island Beginning Next Week

A project to replace the National Park Service public boat ramps on Ocracoke Island is scheduled to begin on January 18.  
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Only Water-Locked Pilings Remain at Frisco Pier Site

There were no visible structures or pilings left along the sand on Thursday morning, as the DOT Construction team orchestrating the removal of the Frisco Pier made noticeable progress over the course of a week. 
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Pier House Removed at Frisco Pier

Visitors to the beach in Frisco caught an eerie and once-in-a-lifetime sight on Friday, as the pier house at the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was removed from the landscape.

Demolition of the pier house began on Tuesday, and lasted just a few days as DOT Construction crew members hauled off components in small and manageable pieces.  Read more

Removal Stage Begins at Frisco Pier...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The pier house at the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier is ready to be dismantled and removed – a project that will likely begin on Tuesday, December 12, and which will last just a few days to several weeks.

After the initial staging phase, which included asbestos abatement by a special contractor, inspections, and securing the site with fencing, the removal portion of the project can now begin in earnest, starting with the pier house and working towards the visible pilings. 
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Extensive Frisco Pier Removal Project Begins

The initial staging process of the Frisco Pier Removal project has begun, but dismantling and tearing down the pier will not be a quick undertaking.

On December 5, the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was surrounded by a large metal fence to make the area safe for the public, and a series of separate tasks need to be completed before the pier has fully disappeared from the local landscape. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Lighthouses from A to Z

Throughout history, the watery perils that exist off North Carolina's coast have endangered mariners as well as any ocean going passengers. Hundreds of ships have fallen prey to formidable currents, fierce storms, and shifting shoals in the infamous "Graveyard of the Atlantic." The construction of lighthouses on the Outer Banks, therefore, was crucial to protect both lives and commerce against the hazards of the sea.

Two tall coastal lights, Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras, were built in the 1870s to warn ships traveling along the Outer Banks of the dangerous shoals along the islands. The Ocracoke Lighthouse, a harbor light at the southern end of the seashore, was completed in 1823 as a light to mark Ocracoke Inlet and Silver Lake.

Today, these three light stations, so called because they have multiple buildings including a lighthouse and a keepers' dwelling, still serve as active aids-to-navigation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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