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Federal Register Notice Published for Information Collection for ORV Management Planning Process

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Date: June 23, 2009
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

A National Park Service (NPS) 60-day Notice of Intention to Request Clearance of Collection of Information for Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA) was published in the Federal Register  on June 17, 2009 inviting public comment on a proposed renewal of an existing Information Collection Request.  

The NPS is requesting renewal of an existing information collection that received emergency clearance on May 21, 2009.  RTI International, under contract with CAHA, has initiated a survey of local businesses under the emergency approval and will begin conducting a survey of park visitors.  The emergency approval lasts for 6 months, so the current request for a renewal is to continue and complete the survey.

The survey gathers information that will be used in the planning and rulemaking processes for CAHA’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and ORV regulation.  The continuation of the visitor survey with the current renewal request will allow the NPS to have a seasonally representative sample of CAHA visitors.  By having seasonal representation, the NPS will have a more complete picture of visitors and visitor preferences for park management and for the final economic analysis.  

The Federal Register Notice is available here as a pdf file.  Information on where to send comments or how to obtain more information is contained in the notice.

Did You Know?

Giant Water Flea

This is not a space alien, even though it has a transparent body, wings, and a very large eye. Giant water fleas grow up to 2 cm long, and are a food source for small fish that shelter in the sound. You can swim with them in the sound-side waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore.