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Date: August 1, 2006
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray announces plans to conduct an informal Open House session Tuesday, August 8th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Fessenden Center on Hatteras Island. This session is intended to provide an opportunity for community members to meet new staff members for the Seashore - Hatteras Island District Ranger, John McCutcheon, and Wildlife Biologist, Britta Muiznieks. "I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of these two qualified individuals. They both have skills which will benefit the day to day operations in the Seashore," said Superintendent Murray.

John McCutcheon has over 17 years of experience with the Park Service in a variety of roles. He has worked in eight different National Parks, primarily in law enforcement and emergency services. Most recently, John worked at Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park as a Law Enforcement Officer. John considers himself lucky to have worked in such beauty and wonder in his National Park Service assignments and looks forward to his time at Cape Hatteras. "This is my first time working at a National Seashore and I think it was a good choice," stated John. "I feel privileged to work here as a supervisor."

Britta Muizenieks comes to the Park Service from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, where she worked for the last thirteen years. Most recently, Britta worked in Key Largo, Florida as the Upper Keys Recovery Biologist. Throughout her career with the USFWS, she held positions where the emphasis has been the recovery of threatened and endangered species. At Cape Hatteras, Britta will be helping to guide and implement the park’s efforts to conserve its biological resources, particularly the shorebird and sea turtle monitoring and protection efforts, as well as helping to direct wildlife management research efforts in the Park.

Superintendent Murray and other park staff will also be available to answer questions.

For further information, please contact Cape Hatteras National Seashore at (252) 473-21

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.