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Public Meeting on Dune Shack Preservation and Use Plan Slated for May 24

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Date: May 17, 2010
Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-771-2144

Cape Cod National Seashore and the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will co-host a public meeting on May 24 to discuss their progress to date for developing recommendations for a preservation and use plan for the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District. A subcommittee of the commission has been working on recommendations since October, 2009. This draft set of recommendations is a key step towards development of a Plan/ Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA) to guide future use and preservation of the historic district. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the Province Lands Visitor Center, Race Point Road, Provincetown.

The historic district includes 19 shacks on the backshore of Provincetown and Truro within Cape Cod National Seashore. The district is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on the basis of its association with the historic development of art and literature in America; its rare, fragile property type; and for its association with the poet Harry Kemp. Eighteen of the shacks are owned by the federal government. They are preserved and occupied by individuals and non-profits under a variety of management mechanisms with the National Park Service.

The plan is being developed as a combined Plan/EA under the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). During the meeting the advisory commission will update the public on the subcommittee’s progress in developing a recommendation for one or more alternatives to be analyzed in the Plan/EA. The sub-committee consists of long-time dune dwelling families; non-profit organizations that offer artist-in-residence and writer-in-residence programs as well as stays by the general public; representatives of Truro and Provincetown; advisory commission members; the national seashore historian; and representatives from Art’s Dune Tours, and Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

During the meeting the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the progress to date and suggest other alternatives, if desired, they would like to see considered in the Plan/EA.

Following the meeting the progress to date slide show will be posted at: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/.  A 10-day public comment period will follow, during which the public may send comments and correspondence to:

George Price, Superintendent

Cape Cod National Seashore

99 Marconi Site

Wellfleet, MA 02667

 

Electronic comments may be sent to e-mail us. All comments must be received by June 4, 2010. The public will have an additional opportunity to comment when the Plan/EA is completed in late fall.

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Did You Know?

Dune shack in the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District

Today, a dedicated group of families, individuals and non-profits carry on a unique heritage of art, reflection, and nature study at the dune shacks in Provincetown and Truro. A recent ethnographic study entitled, “Dwelling in the Dunes”, documents the people who live there today.