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Park Service plans burning of vegetation on Bodie Island

The National Park Service has announced that its fire management staff, will conduct a prescribed burning on section of Bodie Island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore between Feb. 1 and March 30, weather and conditions permitting.

The burns, which are part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, will consist of approximately 500 acres located east of  Highway 12, from Whalebone Junction south to Old Oregon Inlet Road, and a 400-acre section west of Highway 12 from Whalebone Junction south to areas that were burned by the seashore staff in 2014.
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New seashore chief is guest on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO

Dave Hallac, the new superintendent of the National Park Service's Outer Banks Group, which includes the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest on the on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on Sunday, Jan. 18.
  
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UPDATE: Two meetings planned on Buxton beach restoration study

The National Park Service and Dare County will host two open-house style meetings on Jan. 27 in Manteo and Jan. 28 in Buxton to get input from the public on the county's plan to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)  on beach nourishment in north Buxton.
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NPS proceeding with environmental study on Buxton beach nourishment


The National Park Service has issued a notice of intent to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Dare County's plan to nourish the beach in north Buxton.

The notice, which was filed in the Federal Register on Dec. 29, begins the public scoping process for the Environmental Impact Statement that is required by the Park Service before it issues a special use permit to the county to pump sand on the eroding beaches in the area.  
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NPS seeks information in Hatteras deer poaching incident

Cape Hatteras National Seashore law enforcement officials are seeking the public's help in solving the case of a  deer that was illegally shot and killed in Cape Hatteras National Seashore during the week of Dec. 14.    
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Carteret County residents get an earful from Dare at Cape Lookout hearing

Chaired by Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County, the N.C. House Select Committee on the Wise Use of Off-Road Vehicles on the Cape Lookout National Seashore conducted a hearing Tuesday at the College of the Albemarle's auditorium on that seashore's proposed Off-Road Vehicle Plan.

McElraft brought the hearing to Dare County to give voice to the experiences of Dare County residents when they went through the same process at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  
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UPDATE: Senate passes defense bill that includes changes to seashore's ORV plan

After a week of seemingly endless procedural delays and debate, the U.S. Senate this evening passed the $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of  89 to 11.

Attached to the bill and also passed is a public lands package of bills, one of which includes some significant changes to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle Plan.

The House of Representatives easily passed the bill last week on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The defense authorization bill, H.R. 3979, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to quickly sign it.  
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House passes defense bill that includes changes to seashore ORV Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon passed the $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of  300 to 119.

Attached to the bill and also passed is a public lands package of bills, one of which includes some significant changes to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle Plan.  
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U.S. House, Senate poised to pass bill that would change seashore's ORV plan

In a surprise move, the lame-duck U.S. Congress -- hurrying to wind up its business and get out of Washington --  appears to be on the brink of passing legislation that would make some significant changes to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle Plan.

Late on Tuesday night, lawmakers attached a package of more than 90 public lands and energy bills to the $585 billion 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.  
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Red knot’s status elevated, raising specter of more restrictions

The rufa red knot, a shorebird that migrates along the Eastern Seaboard, became a protected species under the Endangered Species Act Tuesday when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service elevated its status to threatened.

Increasing protection of the bird, which is a subspecies of the red knot, has raised concern on the Outer Banks because of its potential to broaden restrictions on beach access during prime surf-fishing seasons.

After the change was proposed, a series of public hearings was held by the wildlife service, including one in Manteo on June 5. According to a USFWS statement, some 1,700 scientific documents were analyzed and over 17,400 comments were received during a 130-day public comment and study period.

Of special concern here is the designation of critical habitat for red knot, which will happen after public hearings next year.

Read the story by Russ Lay in the Outer Banks Voice.


UPDATE: Cape Point now open for night driving

The stubborn turtle nest at Ramp 44, which is at Day 90 of incubation, has still shown no signs of hatching, but the Park Service has gone ahead and dropped the ban on night driving in the Cape Point area.

The night driving ban has been in place since Oct. 6 to keep potential hatchlings from the nest -- and another before it -- protected from headlights of vehicles on the beach at night that could disorient them.
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Park Service names new superintendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The National Park Service's Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced today that Dave Hallac has been selected as superintendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Outer Banks Group. 

Hallac has managed the Yellowstone Center for Resources, the resource management and science division at Yellowstone National Park, for the last three years.  He will start his new assignment at Cape Hatteras in early January 2015.  
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