Virgin Islands National Park Battered by Earl, But OK. Capes Lookout and Hatteras Next Up

Virgin Islands National Park has survived Hurricane Earl with only heavy rains and a few downed trees to report, but park officials aren't ready to take their hurricane shutters down just yet.

Virgin Islands National Park Battened Down For Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Earl with its 120 mile-per-hour winds on Monday was ripping through the Caribbean, where a hurricane warning was posted for Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John.

District Court Upholds Designation of Critical Winter Habitat for Piping Plovers Along Cape Hatteras National Seashore

In an opinion that goes against off-road vehicle interests along Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service properly designated critical winter habitat for the piping plover, a threatened species of shorebirds.

Public Input Sought for the Bodie Island Alternative Transportation Study at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The National Park Service is soliciting input on proposed alternative transportation strategies developed for Bodie Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A public meeting has been scheduled for August 4. Written comments should be submitted by August 19.

Two Beach-Riding Scofflaws Apprehended at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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Two men have been apprehended at Cape Hatteras National Seashore after the latest known violation of areas temporarily closed to protect nesting wildlife. The pair has been charged with multiple violations after their dark-of-night joyride.

Piping Plover Production Up At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

One of the best years in recent memory for piping plover production seems to be under way at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to park managers.

$1,000 Reward Offered In Connection With Crushed Loggerhead Sea Turtle at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

An off-road-vehicle group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for running over and killing a loggerhead sea turtle attempting to nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a Shipwreck Excavation Becomes an Outdoor Laboratory for Learning

The remains of the shipwrecked schooner Laura Barnes will eventually end up in the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Meanwhile, the excavation and preservation processes provide important learning opportunities for a group of budding archeologists.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Crushed By Vehicle At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A loggerhead sea turtle coming ashore to lay its eggs was crushed by a vehicle at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, an incident likely to ratchet up the contentious debate over how much access off-road vehicles should have at the seashore.

Work Continues On Restoring The Bodie Island Lighthouse At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

While progress is being made on the renovations to the Bodie Island Light at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, much remains to be done before the light is back in action.

ReserveAmerica Can't Find a National Park Campground It Likes

ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Weaves Through North Carolina's National Parks

Every state wants to have a long-distance hiking trail to show off the best of its natural features. The Long Trail in Vermont that meanders from the Massachusetts border to Canada is the oldest, having been created in 1910. Farther south, the Mountains-to Sea Trail runs from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Atlantic.

Opposition Mounts to Tourism Promotion of National Parks

What is the role of national parks? Are they created and designed to preserve nature, or to serve as playgrounds for the public? In Australia, one group it's the former, and they're rising in opposition to a move to promote tourism in their parks.

Vandalism Leads to Closure of Ramp at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The unauthorized removal of vehicle blockades at Cape Hatteras National Seashore has prompted officials there to shut down a public access ramp near Buxton, North Carolina.

Underwater Archeology Projects in Outer Banks Parks Address Intriguing Questions

Where is the rest of the original English settlement site on Roanoke Island? What more can we learn about the location and condition of German U-boat wrecks along the North Carolina coast? These and other interesting questions are being addressed by underwater archeologists working at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dispute Places Birds, Turtles, and Humans on Small Strip of Sand

A diminutive shorebird and a string of villages both dependent on the same necklace of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are being pinched in a precarious setting that demonstrates the folly of trying to control nature.

Public Comment Period on Cape Hatteras Draft ORV Management Plan Ends Tuesday

Another chapter -- and that's it, a chapter, not the end of the book -- in the at times bitter struggle over how to manage off-road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore comes to an end Tuesday when seashore officials close the comment period on their draft management plan.

Spring Nesting Season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breeds Vandalism

In what's being called the "first deliberate vandalism incident" of the spring nesting season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, someone drove through a resource closure area set up to protect a nesting pair of American Oystercatchers.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Foal Added to Herd At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The pony herd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore has grown by one thanks to the addition of a filly born late in March.

Reader Participation Day Bonus Survey: What Do You Think Of The President's Off-Shore Drilling Plan?

President Obama's announcement that he will pursue off-shore drilling along much of the Eastern Seaboard spurred this week's "bonus" Reader Participation Survey.

National Park Quiz 79: Wind

March winds are sweeping the land and it’s time for another quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why South Carolina's Beaufort is not pronounced the same way as North Carolina's Beaufort.

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Loggerhead Turtle Species As Endangered

Loggerhead sea turtles, one of four turtle species that have come ashore to nest from Cape Hatteras National Seashore south to Gulf Islands National Seashore, are not doing well, population-wise. The species currently is being proposed for listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
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Traveler’s Checklist: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The first national seashore is still one of the best. Here’s some information and advice you’ll want to keep in mind as you plan your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the pride of the Outer Banks.

Work Continuing On Restoration of Bodie Island Lighthouse At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Bodie Island Lighthouse restoration, Alan Pitt photo.
Work continues apace with the restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement on ORV Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Released

Improved access for vehicles and pedestrians, better parking, and vehicle capacity limits are among the items contained in the draft off-road-vehicle management plan released Friday by Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials.

Oracoke Lighthouse Ready To Shine Again at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

After four months of refurbishing, the Oracoke Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was scheduled to go back online Wednesday night.

Cape Cod National Seashore Plan to Protect Piping Plovers By Killing Some Crows Not Welcomed by All

In the world of bird hierarchy, crows are considered one of the most intelligent birds out there. And it's this intelligence that has Cape Cod National Seashore officials considering a plan to kill some of the smartest crows on the cape with hopes of bolstering populations of piping plovers, a diminutive bird that, while perhaps not as brainy as crows, could face extinction if its numbers don't increase.
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