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Park Issues Finding of No Significant Impact for New Construction Development for Public Access

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Date: November 22, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the approval of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Construction of New Development that Facilities Public Access Environment Assessment (EA).The FONSI was approved on November 18, 2013 by Southeast Region office and culminates nearly two years of planning in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The issuance of the FONSI finalizes the Construction of New Development that Facilities Public Access EA which will develop 29 public access areas that include facilities evaluated in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/EIS and other facilities identified through agency and public scoping for this EA.

The new access areas will create or improve 15 parking areas, 1 paved and 2 unpaved roads, 5 off-road vehicle ramps, 5 foot paths, 11 accessible boardwalks, and the elevation of an existing flood-prone road section.These access improvements will facilitate ORV and pedestrian access to areas of the Seashore and increase access for visitors with disabilities while minimizing conflicts between a wide variety of recreational users in the Seashore.The improved access points will protect the Seashore's natural, cultural, scenic and aesthetic aspects as well as address mutual concerns with local communities and governments who expressed concerns about potential safety issues with road shoulder parking along NC Hwy 12.

For more information, click on the following PEPC website link: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=36714or call park headquarters at 252-473-2111.

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.