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NPS summer hours and programs run from May 22-Sept. 7

Summer is almost upon us and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group is ready with a summer schedule full of a variety of programs for park visitors, including history talks, nature walks, recreational programs, and a multitude of children’s programs.  The summer schedule runs from May 22 - Sept. 7. 
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Superintendent talks about seashore issues on radio show....WITH AUDIO

David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest on the most recent edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," which was broadcast on Sunday, May 17.

In the interview, Hallac talks about the alterations in wildlife protection buffers that have been proposed by the National Park Service in response to legislation passed in Congress last December. He also discusses other seashore issues. 
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Park Service begins construction of new interdunal road

Cape Hatteras National Seashore maintenance staff members began construction this week of a new interdunal road, an off-road vehicle route that will run behind the sand dunes and will connect Ramp 45 in Buxton and Ramp 49 in Frisco.

When it is completed, vehicles will be able to travel behind the dunes on the new road from the Cape Point area to the Frisco beach, bypassing a vehicle-free area and seasonal resource closures that block ORV access between the two points.
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Park Service welcomes two new staff members

The National Park Service's Outer Banks Group has welcomed two new staff members this spring.

Daniel "Boone" Vandzura is currently serving as the acting chief ranger for the Outer Banks Group -- Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.  And Michelle Havens serves as the new chief of resource management for the Outer Banks Group. 
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NPS releases proposed changes  to wildlife protection buffers

The National Park Service today released  proposals for how it will comply with changes in wildlife protections on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore that are required by legislation passed last December by the U.S. Congress.
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State makes proposals to Park Service on wildlife buffers

The  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has made its recommendations to the National Park Service on how it should respond to requirements in legislation passed in December by Congress that requires some changes in the seashore's Off-Road Vehicle Plan.  
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Access groups make proposals to NPS on buffers, corridors


The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA) has made public its proposals to the National Park Service on how it believes seashore resource management policies should be changed to comply with legislation passed by Congress last December.
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New NPS report touts economic benefit of Outer Banks parks

A new National Park Service report for 2014 shows that more than 2.8 million visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial spent more than $170 million in communities in and around the parks.  This spending supported approximately 2,683 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $212 million dollars.  
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NPS sets public meetings, expedites construction plans to meet new law's requirements

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac today released an expedited schedule for new construction that is part of the 2012 Off-Road Vehicle Management plan. And he also announced five meetings for the first week of May for the public to learn about and comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) of wildlife buffers and establishing corridors that will be released next week.

Both announcements relate to legislation passed in December by Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act that instructs the Secretary of the Interior to consider some changes in the ORV plan. 
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NPS lifeguarded beaches will be open May 23-Sept. 7

The National Park Service's lifeguarded beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will open Saturday, May 23, and remain open through Labor Day, Sept. 7.  
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CHAPA weighs in on ORV plan's new infrastructure

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA)  has made recommendations to the National Park Service on the new public access infrastructure projects that seashore officials compiled as part of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan that became effective in February 2012.  
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Cape Point closes to off-road vehicles

The National Park Service this morning closed Cape Point in Buxton to off-road vehicle access.  The closure is in accordance with the requirements of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle management plan.

This morning, National Park Service staff observed American oystercatcher breed behavior approximately 0.6 - 0.7 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline, in an area commonly known as "the bypass." 
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NPS announces seashore campground opening and closing dates

The National Park Service's Outer Banks Group has announced the dates for this season for the four park-operated campgrounds in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Also, for the first time this year, visitors will be able to make reservations at the Frisco and Oregon Inlet campgrounds.
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Lighthouses will open for climbing April 17-Oct. 14

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses will be open for climbing in 2015 from Friday, April 17, through Monday, Oct. 14.

Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with ticket sales from 8:45 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.  Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily in the spring and fall, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 22 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.  Ticket sales for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse begin at 8:15 a.m. daily and close at 4:30 p.m. in the spring and fall, and at 5:30 p.m. May 22 through Labor Day.  
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