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UPDATED: NPS lists ramps that are open to night driving

Cape Hatteras National Seashore's resource management staff has prepared a list of ramps open for night driving to keep beachgoers up-to-date on the status of ORV routes.

The seashore opened beaches without turtle nests approaching a hatch window to night-driving on Sept. 16, but buffers continue to keep night drivers at least a half-mile from nests that are expanded and about to hatch.
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  NPS clarifies night-driving near turtle nests

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's annual announcement that ORV routes are now open at night on beaches without turtle nests has raised more than the usual number of questions from beach drivers. 
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ORV routes reopen to night driving Sept. 15

The National Park Service will open off-road vehicle routes in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to night driving on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at midnight.

Routes that will be open to night driving include those where no turtle nests remain or a portion of a route where a nest does remain -- the first posted closure in that route.  Sea turtle protection areas with daytime corridors in front (seaward) of the nest will be closed at night and no driving is allowed in front of these nests at night. 
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Seashore superintendent is guest on radio show....WITH AUDIO

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac was the guest on Sunday, Sept. 20, on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point."

In the interview, Hallac talks about a wide array of seashore news and issues -- from newly modified wildlife buffers to a record turtle nesting season and from new ramps and roads to changes that are currently being considered to the off-road vehicle final rule. 
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Park Service issues record of decision on Bonner Bridge

The National Park Service has issued a Record of Decision, adopting the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Assessment of North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the replacement and demolition of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.  

The ROD has been approved and signed by NPS Regional Director Stan Austin and documents the decision by the NPS to take those steps necessary to implement the selected alternative to build a parallel bridge within the existing Highway 12 corridor.  
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Park Service's fall programs run from Sept. 8 - Oct. 12

National Park Service Outer Banks Group -- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- fall program season will run from Tuesday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Oct. 12.  A variety of programs are offered, and all are free. 
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Ramp 32, parking lot, footpath on Hatteras Island to open Sept. 4

The National Park Service will open a newly constructed parking area, footpath, and off-road vehicle ramp in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Friday, Sept. 4.

The new ramp -- Ramp 32, is located on the oceanside of Highway 12 between the villages of Salvo and Avon and near the soundside site of the historic Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station. 
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Cape Point Campground will stay open through Thanksgiving

The National Park Service announced today that it will extend the season at Cape Point Campground, keeping it open almost three additional months through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The campground, which had been scheduled to closed after the Labor Day weekend on Sept. 7, will now close on Monday, Nov. 30, at noon. 
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Cape Point will reopen to vehicles on Sunday, Aug. 30

The National Park Service has announced that it will reopen Cape Point to off-road vehicles on Sunday, Aug. 30, after a closure of almost five months.

The "closed" signs may be removed by the time the beaches open to vehicles at 7 a.m. on Sunday, but it could be later in the morning before rangers can clear the area.  Be sure to check signage before driving to the Point.  
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Pump station repairs will close some areas at Pea Island

Long overdue repairs to the North Pond Pump station on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled to begin in late August and be completed in about 90 days. 
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Cape Point reopens to pedestrians, but drivers will have to wait

The National Park Service today reopened Cape Point for pedestrian access, but it will likely be another two weeks before it will open to off-road vehicle access.

According to Randy Swilling, the seashore's natural resources program manager, the last remaining American oystercatcher chick at Cape Point fledged yesterday, and a least tern colony has finished nesting and moved on. 
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Seashore breaks record for sea turtle nesting

It's official -- sea turtle nesting on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has set a record and the nests keep on coming. According to today's resources management report, 269 sea turtles have nested on the seashore -- 15 more than the record 254 set in 2013.

And Britta Muiznieks, wildlife biologist and research coordinator for the seashore, said that three more nests have been added since data was collected for the report, which brings the total to 272. 
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Piping plover fledging plummets, sea turtle nests skyrocket

The number of fledged piping plover chicks has plummeted to two for the 2015 nesting season in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, while the number of sea turtle nests is on track to perhaps surpass the record of 254 in 2013.

Even though the piping plover nesting season has ended and new buffer rules went into effect in June, Cape Point remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles because of American oystercatcher chicks on the beach south of Ramp 44, close to the Point.
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Park Service offers sea turtle nest excavation programs

Each spring and summer, female sea turtles -- loggerheads, greens, and occasional leatherbacks -- make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.  Approximately two months later, under the cover of darkness, up to 150 hatchlings emerge from each sandy nest and rush across the beach to reach the safety of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of July, August, and September. 
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