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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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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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Public Review Period Announced for New Passenger Ferry

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze whether or not to issue a special use permit (SUP) to North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division. The SUP would authorize NCDOT to construct facilities and provide long-term maintenance of a new passenger ferry system within Seashore boundaries. 
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CHNS celebrating World Oceans Month by Hosting Three Beach Cleanups

June not only marks the beginning of summer, it also marks World Oceans Month. Our oceans, which make up approximately 70 percent of the earth, are natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for the way of life. 
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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.

Ocracoke pony herd has a new member

On May 7, 2017, a pony named Jitterbug, originally from Shackleford Banks, gave birth to the newest foal on Ocracoke. 
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CHNS Commercial Services Orientation and Open House Explains Commercial Uses within the Park

On Friday, April 28, a collection of local business owners and Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) representatives met at the Hatteras Realty Avon office to review the Commercial Use Authorization Program that allows for-profit businesses to conduct activities, tours, etc. in the National Seashore. 
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Lighthouses will open for climbing April 21

Outer Banks Group Superintendent Dave Hallac has announced that the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 21 through Monday, October 9. Ticket sales begin daily at 9 am with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm at each site. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017. 
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