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Contact: Michael Minnerath, Acting North District Ranger, 508-487-2100 ext 0911
Cape Cod National Seashore's Superintendent George Price announced today that the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) corridor at Cape Cod National Seashore reopened for 0.8 miles at Hatches Harbor and around the Race, due to the fledging of a piping plover nest.The plover is a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.There is 0.8 miles of ORV corridor open at Hatches Harbor accessible by the Pole Line Road, around the Race to an area just south of the crossover road.The Pole Line Road will be open to all ORV users except Self-Contained Vehicles (SCV).This section of the corridor is also open for boat launching.
An additional 0.2 miles of ORV corridor is open at High Head.This area is accessible by High Head Road in Truro.
The remaining ORV closures are temporary, and will last only until plover broods and other shorebird broods fledge, or when broods are observed a safe distance from vehicle access points for a period of time and the broods are not expected to return.
Current oversand corridor information is available 24-hours a day on a prerecorded message line and can be accessed by calling 508-487-3698, or 508-487-2100 ext. 0926.As soon as sections of the corridor reopen this message line will be updated. The Seashore web page has the current status of the corridor that can be accessed at http://www.nps.gov/caco/cape-cod-national-seashore-oversand-beach-driving.htm and click on the "Current ORV Route Map".