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March 14, 2014
National Seashore releases Finding of No Significant Impact for its Bayside Picnic and South Ocean Beach Parking Areas Removal and Relocation Environmental Assessment
Superintendent Debbie Darden announced today the next step toward completing the Bayside Picnic and South Ocean Beach Parking Areas Removal and Relocation environmental assessment: a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Preferred Alternative has been signed by NPS Regional Director Mike Caldwell and is now posted online.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $86,309,300 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,154,859 visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore in 2012 spent $86,309,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,087 jobs in the local area.

November 04, 2013
Business Opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore Moves Forward
The National Park Service plans to release a prospectus to solicit proposals to provide equipment rentals, food and beverage, merchandise and other services within Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland District within 30 days. Once the prospectus has opened, bidders will have 90 days to respond.

October 29, 2013
Assateague Island National Seashore Participates in Hurricane Sandy Projects
It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy made an unwelcomed visit to the Delmarva Peninsula. While recovery has been ongoing, there are lessons to be learned that can help community and park managers better prepare for these events in the future. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Interior and local officials at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey recently to announce that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts. Assateague Island National Seashore will participate in four projects along with other public and private lands.

October 17, 2013
Assateague Island National Seashore Reopens
Assateague Island National Seashore reopened this morning at 6:00 a.m. The park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. “We are happy to be serving our visitors once more! We greatly appreciate the support of the public, our gateway communities, partners, and local businesses, many of whom experienced the impacts of this closure,” said superintendent Debbie Darden. “We want to welcome all of you back to your national park during this beautiful autumn season.”

September 24, 2013
New Business Opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore
The National Park Service (NPS) intends to issue a Prospectus for a new business opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore within the next 30 days. This Prospectus will solicit proposals to provide equipment rentals, food and beverage, merchandise, and other services within Assateague Island National Seashore’s Maryland district. Once the Prospectus has opened for review, there will be a 90 day period for bidders to respond.

July 08, 2013
Environmental Assesment to Relocate Parking Areas-Maryland District
The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, will be preparing an environmental assessment to address the proposed relocation of parking areas at Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland.

June 25, 2013
World War II Ordnance Discovered at Assateague
Like many coastal areas, Assateague Island was a military test range in World War II.

Did You Know?

piping plover photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service image library. 4 kb

...that instead of needing to keep her eggs warm, the beach-nesting piping plover will stand over her eggs on hot days to shade them and keep them cool.