Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Restoration of Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hits a Snag

Anyone who's ever taken on a major home repair project knows this version of Murphy's Law: "It will take longer than you think, and will cost more than you planned." That's unfortunately the situation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse has hit a serious snag.

Business Survey On Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Management Plan's Impacts Points to Uncertainty

A strong majority of businesses along Cape Hatteras National Seashore believe rules that restrict access of off-road vehicles and pedestrians for the benefit of nesting shorebirds and sea turtles will harm their operations.
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Summering at Cape Lookout National Seashore: The Logistics

Cape Lookout National Seashore is a wilderness vestige of North Carolina's barrier islands. Not as developed as its northern sibling, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it offers a wilder beach vacation, one definitely worth pursuing.
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Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

2010 in Review: Traveler's Checklists

This year we posted 16 Traveler's Checklists to help you plan your park visits. Did you miss any? Here's a list with handy links.

Record of Decision on Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Plan OKed, But Implementation Months Away

While the final paperwork has been signed concerning an off-road management plan at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the arduous task of formalizing a rule means the seashore will continue to operate next summer under a consent decree.

Fish And Wildlife Service Says ORV Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Could Be Helpful to Plovers, Sea Turtles

While the potential exists for the National Park Service's preferred off-road vehicle plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore to be detrimental to piping plovers, sea turtles, and seabeach amaranth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials believe the plan will be at least minimally helpful to all three in the long-run.

Conservation Groups Question Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Preferred ORV Management Plan

A proposed plan governing off-road vehicle access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore while also offering wildlife protection has drawn initial opposition from the groups that forced the National Park Service to develop the strategy.

Winter Hours Begin Monday at Outer Banks Group In North Carolina

Things move a bit slower along the North Carolina coast in winter, which is why the National Park Service's Outer Banks Group is scaling back the hours of its visitor centers just a bit, beginning Monday

Moving From Fall Towards Winter In the National Parks

The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.

Commentary: How Do You Prefer National Parks, Utilitarian, or Utopian?

How do you prefer your national parks? Should they be utilitarian destinations, landscapes that serve all comers, whether they're in search of dazzling vistas or motorized recreation, or Utopian, ideals that should be appreciated for what is found within their borders?

Record Summer of Turtle Nesting at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Spawns....Debate

It's hard to believe an object similar in size, shape, and even color to a Ping-Pong ball could threaten a way of life. But for many who call the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, that's how they view sea turtle eggs, as threats to their enjoyment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and, for some, even their livelihoods.

Reader Participation Day: Which Issue Resonates More: Yellowstone Snowmobiles or Cape Hatteras ORVs?

Two of the most contentious issues in the National Park System is the debate over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park and the one over off-road vehicle management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Which is more important to you?

All Was Not Lost When Loggerhead Turtle Determined to Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Was Run Over

Photographs of a female loggerhead turtle that was run over on Cape Hatteras National Seashore back in June told a pretty grim story. Amazingly, though, after seashore biologists placed 92 of her eggs in a nest cavity, six continued their incubation and hatched.

Update: Hurricane Earl Remains on Track to Impact the Outer Banks Parks

Packing winds of 125 mph, Hurricane Earl continues along a path toward the national parks of North Carolina's Outer Banks region. Parks further north and east along the coast are likely to feel Earl's impacts within a few days.

Excavations of Sea Turtle Nests Draw a Crowd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Efforts to protect sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore have been controversial in some quarters, but the work is paying off. So far this year, a record 151 nests have been recorded, and once the eggs have hatched, the nest is excavated for further study. The public is welcome to watch the process, and it's been a crowd pleaser.

Cape Lookout National Seashore To Close in Advance of Hurricane Earl, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Shuttering, Too

With Hurricane Earl taking aim at the North Carolina coastline -- and points north -- officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore have ordered an evacuation of the seashore, while a bit farther north Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are closing visitor centers and campgrounds.

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.
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