By IRENE NOLAN
David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest for the latest edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, “To the Point,” on Sunday, July 17.
The program is hosted by Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press, and the topic was summer at the seashore.
Among the topics that Hallac addressed in the interview were:
In addition, Hallac said, Ramp 44 has been closed to ORVs by mid- to late May in past years. It has not been closed at all this year, he said. In fact, the beach south of Ramp 44 has been open all summer for about six-tenths of a mile to the south toward Cape Point. He said this is “entirely due to the modified buffers.”
In past years, the 1,000-meter buffer for piping plover chicks has effectively shut down the area all the way from the Point to Ramp 44. This year, there was a brood of piping plovers in the area, but with the Park Service’s ability to reduce the buffer to as small as 200 meters with additional staff monitoring, the beach stayed open. Hallac added that the buffer was never reduced to 200 meters, but usually ranged from 300 to 500 meters.
Also in the interview, Hallac discussed Park Service communications, summer events for visitors, upcoming centennial events, and keeping the beach clean.
To listen to the interview, scroll down to the “To the Point” logo and click on the arrow.
“To the Point” is broadcast on the island’s community radio station,101.5 FM on southern Hatteras and 99.9 FM on northern Hatteras, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday. Those who don’t live on Hatteras can listen to the show on Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
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