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NPS releases more information on public scoping meetings

The National Park Service today released more information on the five public scoping meetings that it plans in early August to get input for possible changes to its off-road vehicle management plan at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The public process to consider changes is required by legislation passed by Congress last December as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that is intended to provide more public access to seashore beaches.
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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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Seashore officials plan meetings on changes to ORV plan

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is holding public scoping meetings to consider changes to the seashore’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) special regulation as it relates to morning opening of beaches, extending the length of fall and spring seasonal ORV routes, and modifying the size and location of vehicle free areas. 
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Park Service offers sea turtle nest excavation programs

Each spring and summer, female sea turtles -- loggerheads, greens, and occasional leatherbacks -- make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.  Approximately two months later, under the cover of darkness, up to 150 hatchlings emerge from each sandy nest and rush across the beach to reach the safety of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of July, August, and September. 
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NPS issues shark safety advisory for seashore visitors

Since Friday, June 26, the National Park Service, along with neighboring emergency responders, have handled and investigated three incidents involving sharks and swimmers on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Park Service says that sharks are a normal part of the natural environment, but that swimmers should take precautions while enjoying the water.
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Park Service approves buffer modification plan

The National Park Service has approved a plan 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.

Today, seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac released the final plan for modifications in an 82-page Finding of No Significant Impact document for the park's chosen alternative, which is Alternative B. 
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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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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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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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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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