Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Scenario Planning
The Interagency Climate Change Scenario Planning Cape Cod Pilot Project was established to develop a successful and replicable process for integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into a transportation and land use planning strategy. Analysis included identifying different areas suitable for varying levels of growth or preservation based on sea level rise vulnerability, and opportunities to implement transportation measures which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions built upon sound land use planning, transportation planning, and environmental considerations. Led by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Volpe Transportation Center (with selected consultants), the study area for the pilot project includes the15 towns ofCape Cod. Planning Group members include: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Cape Cod Commission.
Read more about Cape Cod National Seashore's involvement in climate change scenario planning at these links:
Please also see project webpages on DOT Volpe site including 2011 reports
Did You Know?
In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.