ORV Plan Comment Period Extended
On May 23, 2014, the NPS released a Environmental Impact Statement for its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for a 60-day comment period, which was extended to September 4. The comment period will be extend an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.
Statement on the effects of sequestration at Cape Lookout National Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
HARKERS ISLAND, NC - Effective March 1, 2013, Cape Lookout National Seashore was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remainder of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park make this cut.
For Cape Lookout National Seashore, this amounts to a $123,417 reduction from a budget of $2,468,348. The park cut travel, training, overtime and supply purchases and reduced the number of seasonal and permanent employee positions to meet the required spending reduction. While we take the actions necessary to comply with sequestration, the park remains open, welcoming visitors and continuing to protect the resources entrusted to our care. "We recognize that these decisions will have impacts on the visitors to the park, but they could not be avoided with the reduction in the budget," states Superintendent Pat Kenney. Following are the major actions being taken in response to this budget cut:
Staffing (Note: 84% percent of the park's budget pays for salaries and fixed costs like utilities)
Park Operations: Reduced staffing will reduce park operations in the following ways:
Did You Know?
Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.