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    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Advisory Commission

Dune Shack in the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, Provincetown

Dune Shack in the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, Provincetown

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The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was first authorized in 1961. The purpose of the commission is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior, or his/her designee, about matters relating to the development of Cape Cod National Seashore and specific sections of the Act establishing the seashore. Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent the six towns within the seashore boundary, plus Barnstable County, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Secretary of the Interior. The commission meets regularly with the park superintendent to discuss specific seashore issues and to remain knowledgeable about seashore programs, facilities, activities, and issues. As indicated by its name, the commission is advisory in nature. Some standing committees are in place to analyze park issues, seek public input, and make recommendations to the superintendent. In dealing with a particularly complex or controversial issue, the park superintendent will occasionally ask the commission to explore the many sides of an issue, and develop and present a report which the superintendent will consider in making a decision. Most recently, the commission presented recommendations about the use of personal water craft within the boundary of the national seashore, off-road vehicle use, the General Management Plan, and future use and management of the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District.

Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2014

February 3, 2014

December 2, 2013

September 9, 2013

May 13, 2013

March 25, 2013

January 14, 2013

November 14, 2012

September 10, 2012

May 21, 2012

March 12, 2012

January 9, 2012

November 14, 2011

September 12, 2011

May 23, 2011

March 14, 2011

January 10, 2011

November 15, 2010

September 13, 2010

July 19, 2010

May 24, 2010

March 22, 2010

January 11, 2010

November 16, 2009

September 14, 2009

June 19, 2009

December 1, 2008

September 22, 2008

April 28, 2008

February 25, 2008

December 11, 2007

May 21, 2007

March 5, 2007

Recent Subcommittee Documents

An Analysis of the Impact of a Disaster at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant on the Economy of Cape Cod
Report prepared by Osman Keshawarz, UMASS Amherst (February 2014)

Letter to Governor Deval Patrick regarding Pilgrim Nuclear Plant (June 2013)

Letter to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (March 2012)

Advisory Commission guidance

Advisory Commission Charter (2003)

Advisory Commission Handbook

Current Commissioners

Richard F. Delaney, Chair and Representative of the Secretary of the Interior

Judith B. Stephenson, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mark Robinson, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Alternate)

Sheila Lyons, Barnstable County

William Clark, Barnstable County (Alternate)

Mary Jo Avellar, Provincetown

Maureen Burgess, Truro

Thomas Reinhart, Wellfleet

Ted Thomas, Wellfleet (Alternate)

Edward C. Sabin, Eastham

Don Nuendel, Eastham (Alternate)

Larry O. Spaulding, Orleans

Joseph Craig, Chatham

Did You Know?

Spadefoot Toad

An abundance of sandy soil and shallow freshwater ponds for breeding make Cape Cod National Seashore an ideal landscape for Spadefoot Toads. A Threatened Species, the Seashore supports their largest known population in the Northeast. Some park roads are closed on rainy nights to protect them.