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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.

Cape Cod National Seashore Facilities Reopening Following Hurricane Irene

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Date: August 28, 2011
Contact: Sue Moynihan, 508-957-0738

Damage assessments are underway by Cape Cod National Seashore staff following Hurricane Irene.Impacts include trees across roads and bike trails, some damage to the north end of the Herring Cove Beach parking area, and power outages.

The following facilities have reopened as of 9:30 AM on Monday, August 29: Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach, and Head of the Meadow Beach. Salt Pond Visitor Center and Province Lands Visitor Center opened at 9:00 AM.

Coast Guard Beach still has no power, and will reopen once portable toilets are in place this morning. When the beach reopens, visitors will access it via shuttle from the Little Creek Parking Area as usual.

The Nauset Bike Trail between Salt Pond Visitor Center and Doane Picnic Area is closed due to downed trees across the trail. Bike riders may ride along Nauset Road to Doane Picnic Area to access the open section of the bike trail. Riders should use extreme caution, be alert for cars, and ride single file.

Scheduled ranger-guided programs and open houses and tours will resume at noon on Monday, with the exception of Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, which will reopen at 3:00 PM on Tuesday afternoon.

For more information, contact Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508) 255-3421, or Province Lands Visitor Center at (508) 487-1256.

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Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.