Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21.
Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM so seashore staff can create an accessible path in advance of the summer season.
Storm damage, construction affecting access at seashore locations; reduction in programming
Due to erosion, there is no beach access at Nauset Light and Marconi beaches. Access at the Marconi Site is limited. Parts of the Nauset Marsh and Red Maple Swamp trails are closed. Nauset Bike Trail construction is underway. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore to Continue Traffic Detours on Province Lands Road to Protect Spadefoot Toads for 2012
Contact: Rober Cook, Wildlife Ecologist, 508-487-2100 ext 0503
Cape Cod National Seashore has announced that there will be occasional traffic detours on Province Lands Road in Provincetown on rainy nights from late March through October. The detour program was established several years ago to protect the Eastern spadefoot toad, which is listed as "Threatened" by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Spadefoot use shallow temporary ponds in the Province Lands for breeding and the surrounding uplands to feed. They migrate to and from these ponds on rainy nights especially when the water table is high and temperatures are above 48 degrees. Unfortunately many are killed on roads. While spadefoot toads are not rare in the Province Lands, this is one of their last strongholds in
Province Lands Road is a popular crossing for many toads, and this spells trouble for them. To lessen spadefoot toad mortality, the park will occasionally close Province Lands Road from just past (north of) the entrance to Herring Cove Beach to the intersection with Race Point Road. These infrequent closures will only occur at night, during or after heavy rain. Because the water table level in the Province Lands is moderate this year, heavy rain would likely be required to initiate spadefoot toad activity this spring. Herring Cove Beach will remain accessible from Route 6, and Race Point Road will be unaffected, allowing continued access to Province Lands Visitor Center, Race Point Beach, Provincetown Airport, Race Point Ranger Station, and the oversand corridor. The detours will be managed by signs and traffic control devices. Visitors and residents are asked to drive slowly, for their safety and for the protection of park wildlife.
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