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Access and seashore updates from the National Park Service

With the warmer temperatures and spring break crowds, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has seen an increase of people throughout the area, according to Hatteras Island District Ranger Karol Jones.
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National Park Service Honors Outer Banks Group Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, the National Park Service celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 17,791 hours to the Outer Banks Group. 
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Seasonal Beach Closures and Access Status for the Week of April 13

Several new closures were installed during the week of April 13, and driving in front of the villages closed for the season, per the latest Cape Hatteras Seashore Access Status from the National Park Service.

The beaches in front of the villages are seasonally open for ORVs starting October 15 through April 14, meaning that starting on Saturday, beaches within the island towns will be pedestrian access only.  Read more

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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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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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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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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