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ORV routes are now open to night driving

The National Park Service reopened some off-road vehicle routes in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to night driving early this morning.

The seashore’s ORV special regulation states that from Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, night driving is allowed on vehicle routes, or portions thereof, with no turtle nests remaining.  Where turtle nests remain, the beaches are closed, as they are in the summer, from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. 
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NPS plans public scoping for flood mitigation planning

The National Park Service  will begin a public scoping period and hold two public meetings in October to obtain feedback and ideas from the public about areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Buxton and Frisco area that experience flooding.
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NPS reports moderate sea turtle nest losses after Hermine

Since Tropical Storm Hermine has left the area, National Park Service biotechnicians have been hard at work determining the status of the remaining sea turtle nests along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Overall, after the storm, there were a total of 47 nests that were completely lost or inundated with excessive amounts of ocean water. This is a little less than half of the 121 total nests that were still on the beaches when Hermine arrived. 
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Project aims to reduce flooding at Ramps 44 and 49

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore maintenance staff has begun a project to restore Ramps 44 and 49 to their original elevations and reduce the effects of heavy rainfall that flooded the ramps for weeks last fall and again around Memorial Day. 
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UPDATE: Reward offered for information in sea turtle incident

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance is offering a $2,500 reward on behalf of the Outer Banks Preservation Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club for information leading to the identification of the persons responsible for the green sea turtle incident last weekend. 
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NPS seeks info on incident that led to sea turtle death

National Park Service officials are seeking information on what led to injuries to a nesting sea turtle over the weekend that were so severe the animal had to be euthanized. 
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NPS publishes proposed changes to ORV rule

The National Park Service today published in the Federal Register its proposed changes to The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's final rule for off-road vehicle management that became effective in 2012. 
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How a trip to the beach turns into a sea turtle education

On a recent Monday afternoon at the Sandy Bay beach access – a spot where sunbathing and swimming are typically the order of the day – a group of beach-goers were surprised when they were approached by a gentleman in uniform who happened to be carrying around a sea turtle skull.

It was certainly an unusual encounter for the crowd at the semi-popular beach that’s located just north of Hatteras village, but within about five to 10 minutes, the man had drummed up about 35 to 40 people who followed him and his uniformed colleagues to the outskirts of a thin black barrier. As it turns out, the man with the sea turtle skull was Brian Winnett of the National Park Service, and he and his three-person crew – which included lead biological science technician William Thompson – were there to excavate a recently hatched turtle nest.
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UPDATE:  Park staff sweep unattended gear off village beaches

During the early morning on Saturday, Aug. 13, staff members from the National Park Service removed three pick-up trucks full of unattended items from the beaches in the villages of Frisco and Hatteras.  
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Beach gear left behind is a growing concern

More and more beach-goers, mostly in front of Hatteras Island's  villages, are leaving behind canopies, tent stands, and other gear on the beaches overnight, or even for a full week, which is a cause for concern and not only for early morning sightseers who prefer an unobstructed view. 

While on the surface it may seem like there’s nothing wrong with “camping out” for a week, leaving beach gear behind can potentially cause a world of problems for wildlife, other visitors, emergency vehicles, and the equipment owners themselves.
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Seashore has another record year for sea turtle nests

Sea turtles are having a banner year on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and beyond. The National Park Service announced this week that, as of Aug. 10,  the number of turtle nests on the seashore had reached 310, breaking the record of 289 nests set last year.   
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NPS conducts two traffic checkpoints at Hatteras Island ramps

In response to numerous incidences of traffic safety violations on the roads and beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, National Park Service rangers and a deputy from the Dare County Sheriff's Office conducted two traffic safety checkpoints at Ramp 49 in Frisco and Ramp 55 in Hatteras village on Saturday, July 23.
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Cape Point reopens to ORVs and pedestrians

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac announced today that access to Cape Point, along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach from Ramps 43 and 44, has reopened for both off-road vehicles and pedestrians.
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