Piping Plover Nest Hatches Closing Ramp 43
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble announces the closure of Ramp 43 today due to the hatching of a nearby piping plover nest.The nest, located between Ramp 43 and Ramp 44 hatched in the early morning resulting in the temporary closure of the area.Effective Thursday, June 13, 2013, Ramp 43 and Ramp 44 are both closed to ORV access. Currently, there is pedestrian access north of Ramp 43 and south of Ramp 44 which is subject to change.
National Park Service staff first observed three piping plover chicks on June 13, resulting in the closure in accordance with the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the Seashore.
For information on areas within the Seashore that remain open for recreational uses, see:
http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htmor call 252-473-2111.
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