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ORV Corridor Established near Cape Point

Spring of 2017 is shaping up to be an early shorebird nesting season, and a corridor was established at Cape Point on Tuesday morning, March 28, due to American oystercatcher nesting activity.
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National Park Service Announced Improvements to Frisco Day Use Area

Work began last week on the Frisco Day Use Area to replace the viewing platform and boardwalk that was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew. A temporary sand pathway at the southern end of the parking lot will provide a pedestrian access path to the beach for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be completed by May 2017.  
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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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Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance Celebrates a Milestone in Beach Access

On March 14, the Outer Banks Preservation Association / Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance released a detailed statement honoring the January 20, 2017 milestone of implementing a new ORV Management Rule at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area (Seashore).
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Meet Karol Jones, our New Hatteras Island District Ranger

Karol Jones has recently landed on the Outer Banks as the new Hatteras Island District Ranger of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. But for Karol, who grew up in North Carolina, the move is less of a transfer, and more of a homecoming.
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CHNS invites public to comment on proposed projects relating to NCDOT passenger ferry service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will host two public meetings in late March to obtain public comments on projects related to a new NCDOT passenger ferry service from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island. Several projects are proposed on park lands and the Seashore has been collaborating with NCDOT on planning to accommodate certain aspects of the passenger ferry project. Read more




Cape Point Bypass Extension Route Now Open to Off-Road Vehicle Users

At noon today, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will open the Cape Point Bypass Road extension to the public. The project is a result of a recent Environmental Assessment (EA) and rule-making process that included public review. 
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New extended Bypass Road at Cape Point is underway


The National Park Service's staff members began work last week on the new bigger and longer "Bypass Road" that will help ORV drivers get to Cape Point at some times when the tide is too high or the beach is too badly eroded -- as it has been this fall and  winter.
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Seashore staff will be available to answer questions from public

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent, David Hallac and other members of the seashore staff, will be available to answer questions related to the amended Final Rule for off-road vehicle management or other issues at two public meetings in late January. 
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Park Service sets cultural resources climate change strategy

The National Park Service (NPS) today released its strategy that connects cultural resources and climate change. The Cultural Resources climate change strategy (CRCC Strategy) is a landmark statement for the NPS and its historic preservation and climate change partners about how to anticipate, plan for, and respond to the effects of climate change on cultural resources. 
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NPS to update smoking regs to include e-cigarettes

The National Park Service last week proposed revisions to the regulations that address smoking in national parks. The proposed revisions would change the regulation that defines smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
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NPS will publish amended final rule for ORVs in Federal Register

The National Park Service said today that it will publish some changes to the final rule on off-road vehicles in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Federal Register tomorrow -- on Dec. 21.

The changes are the final step in requirements that Congress mandated in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
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NPS extends public comment period on Buxton, Frisco flooding

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has provided a two-week extension to the public scoping period to obtain feedback and ideas from the public regarding seashore areas that experience flooding near Buxton and Frisco.
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Seashore superintendent is guest on radio show....WITH AUDIO

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac was the guest on the Oct. 16 edition of "To the Point," a Radio Hatteras interview show, hosted by Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press. 
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Beach access advocacy groups are subject of Radio Hatteras interview....WITH AUDIO

The subject for the interview on Irene Nolan's Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point, on Sunday, Oct. 2, was public access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- for off-road vehicles and pedestrians.

The guests were David Scarborough of Avon, treasurer of the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA), and Bill Smith of Buxton, president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA). 
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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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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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