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July 26, 2014
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $84,350,400 in Economic Benefit
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $84,350,400 in Economic Benefit. Report shows visitor spending supports 1,052 jobs in local economy.

July 11, 2014
New Concession Operations at Assateague Island National Seashore Open for Season
Superintendent Debbie Darden announces the opening of Assateague Island National Seashore’s new concession operation at Bayside Drive. Just ten days after signing a 10 year contract, SuperFun Eco Tours, LLC, in partnership with Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc., are up and running, providing tours and basic rental services at the Kayak Rental Stand at Bayside Drive.

April 22, 2014
National Seashore Seeks Public Input on Bayside Picnic and Parking Area
Assateague Island National Seashore is planning for a more resilient Bayside Picnic and Parking Area. The NPS is asking the public to help the park define both the natural and cultural values and characteristics important for protection of this popular area.

April 17, 2014
National Park Service selects Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc - SuperFun EcoTours, LLC as concessions operator for Assateague Island National Seashore
Northeast Regional Director Michael Caldwell has announced the selection of Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc. - SuperFun Eco Tours, LLC to operate the Concession operation at Assateague Island National Seashore, including retail services located at the Beach Hut on Assateague Island’s North Beach Area and retail and rental services at the Bayside launch area.

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.

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?

Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. 4 kb

Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. American Indians applied peeled pads to wounds and drank pad tea for lung ailments. Fruits were eaten fresh or dried for winter use.