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High tides, heavy seas cause closure of ORV route to Cape Point

The National Park Service closed the ORV route to Cape Point this morning because a large northeast swell has made conditions on the beach in the area unsafe for vehicles.

The persistent northeast swell, combined with large, breaking waves and an astronomical high tide around tonight's full moon, have caused significant beach erosion on the Buxton beach.  
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NPS Outer Banks Group is looking for volunteers

As the NPS approaches its centennial in 2016, the volunteer program continues to grow by offering numerous opportunities for the public.  

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are currently looking for dedicated volunteers to assist in various areas. 
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UPDATE: Ribbon-cutting makes it official

On a unseasonable cold but sunny Monday morning, the National Park Service made it official -- the new off-road vehicle ramp 48 and one mile of the new Inside Road on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are open. 
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Ramp 48 and 1-mile of Inside Road will open on Nov. 23
The National Park Service will open the new off-road vehicle Ramp 48 and a 1-mile section of the new "Inside Road" in Frisco with a small ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23. 
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UPDATE: Ramp 49 in Frisco reopens to ORVs

Ramp 49 in Frisco was reopened to off-road vehicles on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, after having been closed since early October because of extremely deep stormwater in the ramp.

According to Hatteras Island District Ranger, Joseph Darling, some standing water remains in the ramp -- 6 to 8 inches in places -- but most of it is dry. 

The emergency temporary ORV ramp at Frisco Pier is now closed.

Temporary route opens in Frisco, seasonal ORV routes reopen on Nov. 1

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, seasonal off-road vehicle routes will reopen in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  With no remaining resource protection closures for sea turtle nests this season, the seasonal ORV routes will reopen to night driving on Nov. 1 at 12:01 a.m. 

In addition, the Park Service has opened a temporary Frisco Emergency Access Ramp to allow ORV access to the Frisco beaches.
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Fees to increase at campgrounds, Wright Memorial

Beginning Nov. 1, 2015, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will increase camping fees and Wright Brothers National Memorial will increase the entrance fee. 

The fee increases will allow park staff to fund much needed maintenance projects and "to continue to protect, preserve and share the special places at the Seashore and the Memorial with current visitors and for future generations," the Park Service said in a news release. 
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UPDATE: Ramp 43 reopens, restoring ORV access to Cape Point

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials today reopened Ramp 43 in Buxton to give drivers off-road vehicle access to Cape Point, but the area is still flooded and the Park Service urges drivers to use caution. With today's opening, only three other ramps in the seashore remain closed because of flooding from rain and ocean overwash earlier this month and late in September. 
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UPDATE:  Some popular ramps still closed by flooding...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Most off-road vehicle ramps at the Cape National Seashore have now reopened, but a few remain closed because of the flooding caused by two weeks of torrential rain and ocean overwash in late September and earlier this month.  The four ramps still closed are in Buxton, Frisco, and Ocracoke. They are Ramps 43, 44, and 45 in Buxton, Ramp 49 in Frisco, and Ramp 72 on Ocracoke. 
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Most facilities and ramps have now reopened on seashore

Cape Hatteras National Park Service officials have reopened almost all visitor facilities and off-road vehicle ramps in the aftermath of a coastal storm that flooded beaches and other areas of the park and eroded dunes. The exception is in the Buxton-Frisco area, where Ramps 43, 44, and 49 and the Cape Point Campground remain closed. The Pole Road at Hatteras Inlet also remains closed. 
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Flooding keeps areas of seashore closed....WITH SLIDE SHOW

Most visitors' facilities and ramps on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore remained closed today, and, for the most part, the beaches were inaccessible -- even to pedestrians at times of high tide. 
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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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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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