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CHNS Announces Pack It In, Pack It Out Program with OBPA

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is pleased to announce that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) and the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA) are partnering on a messaging program to encourage all beachgoers to reduce their impacts along the Seashore by remembering that what is brought onto the beach during a visit should be brought off the beach at the end of each visit. Following the principle of pack it in, pack it out will help to reduce the volume of trash and litter that is found on Seashore beaches on a daily basis.  
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Cape Point Open, but High Tide Access is Iffy

This morning at Cape Point, a resource protection area to protect piping plover chicks was expanded to include the bypass road south of beach access Ramp 44.
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Weekly 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 weekly update on beach access, visitor information, and other issues that are pertinent to enjoying our Hatteras and Ocracoke island beaches. 
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Cape Point ORV-Only Corridor Removed

The ORV-Only Corridor that allowed vehicles to access Cape Point, (but not pedestrians), was removed on Thursday, June 29. As a result, both vehicles and pedestrians may now drive or walk to the Point.  
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NPS and Dare County Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access New Sandbar

Over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.  
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Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy

When visitors spend time on North Carolina’s coast, they also spend money. Renting lodging, dining locally, recreating, camping and fishing are among the services tourists pay for to experience the state’s coastline.

The local spending creates jobs and economic opportunities directly in the surrounding communities, and indirectly as employees spend their income. National parks and their natural features on the state’s coast are a tourist draw and a significant economic boost, according to a recent report.  
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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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