NPS Night Driving Beach Permits Available and Seasonally Closed Beaches Reopen to ORV Use on September 16
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 x148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that night beach driving permits, required for off-road vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore ocean beaches between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and , September 16 to November 15, 2010, are now available.
The implementation of Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) night driving permits is required under the terms of the court approved Consent Decree to help increase the nesting success of sea turtles, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Beginning September 16 to November 15, 2010, a night driving permit that has been read, signed and dated by the driver of the vehicle, must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
A pdf version of the night beach driving permit is available on-line and may be downloaded from the national seashore's website at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm. The downloaded version of the permit should be printed in color if possible. By September 10, hard copies of the permit will be available at any Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Center, Whalebone Information Center, Hatteras Weather Station, as well as local tackle shops.
The following beaches that are seasonally closed to ORV use will reopen to ORVs on Wednesday, September 16:
** Parkwide: Visitors will encounter sea turtle nest protection areas in effect. Posted areas are closed to all ORV, pedestrian and pets.
For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 ext. 148.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.