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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Point Temporarily Closes to ORV Access for Shorebird Breeding

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Date: April 2, 2014
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the temporary off-road vehicle (ORV) access closure of Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

On April 2, 2014, approximately 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline, National Park Service staff observed piping plover breeding behavior in an area south of what is commonly known as "the bypass." The required buffer of 75-meters to the east resulted in the closure to vehicles.There is currently ORV access for 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 and 0.4 of mile north of Ramp 43.There is no ORV access to the tip of Cape Point.

For more information on beach access, check Google Earth maps at:

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htmor call 252-475-9034.

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