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January 21, 2017
Buxton man dies while surfing off Old Lighthouse Beach outside of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
A 32-year old Buxton, North Carolina resident died while surfing in the waters off Old Lighthouse Beach outside of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2017.

January 12, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Staff to Be Available for Discussion About Amended Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent, David Hallac, and other members of the Seashore staff, will be available to answer questions related to the amended Final Rule for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at two public meetings.

January 06, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services Closing Due to Winter Storm
In anticipation of a winter storm event, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (excluding Ocracoke) will close all visitor services, including visitor centers and off-road vehicle permit offices, at 5:00 pm today and will remain closed through Saturday, January 7.

December 20, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Completes All Work Related to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
On December 19, 2014, the President of the United States signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA required that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) modify wildlife protection buffers, accelerate the construction of vehicle access points and roads, report back to congress within one year of the date of the NDAA, and undertake a public process to consider changes to the Seashore's Final Rule on off-road vehicle (ORV) management.

November 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free climb on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event is part of the OBXmas Weekends celebrated with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

November 29, 2016
Volunteers Needed: Beach Cleanup - Saturday, December 3
Join the National Park Service and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon, for a beach cleanup on Bodie Island. The cleanup event will begin at the ranger station at the Oregon Inlet Campground.

November 07, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends public scoping period for flood mitigation planning in the Buxton and Frisco areas
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has provided a 2-week extension to the public scoping period to obtain feedback and ideas from the public regarding Seashore areas that experience flooding near Buxton and Frisco.

October 20, 2016
Swimming-related fatality occurs off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches in Buxton
A swimming-related fatality occurred during the afternoon on October 19, 2016 off the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Buxton area.

October 17, 2016
Body of Missing 17-Year-Old Swimmer Found
On October 13, while strong rip currents were impacting the area, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were pulled into the ocean off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Waves, North Carolina. The 16-year-old was able to safely return to the beach and was taken to a hospital via ambulance. The National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Dare County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the incident, and the United States Coast Guard and Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue worked together in search efforts for the second boy over multiple operational periods.

October 15, 2016
National Park Service Visitor Services and Facilities Reopening on Ocracoke Island
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is happy to announce that the National Park Service visitor center, off-road vehicle permit office, and campground on Ocracoke Island will reopen on Monday, October 17.

October 12, 2016
Dare County Joint Information Center Bulletin No. 13
Based on current conditions, the Dare County Control Group has determined that visitors will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton beginning 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

October 11, 2016
Outer Banks Group visitor services and facilities begin to reopen
Staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are currently conducting post-storm assessments and cleanup operations.

October 06, 2016
Majority of National Park Service Visitor Services on the Outer Banks Remain Open Today
Given the current predictions for the track of Hurricane Matthew, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and much of Cape Hatteras National Seashore will remain open today. Due to the continued Hyde County mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island, National Park Service (NPS) visitor services on Ocracoke will remain closed today.

October 05, 2016
National Park Service Visitor Services Suspended on Ocracoke Island
The Outer Banks Group continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Matthew. Due to Hyde County’s mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island starting at 5:00 am today, National Park Service (NPS) visitor services on Ocracoke will be fully suspended by the end of today.

October 04, 2016
Body of missing swimmer found south of Ramp 23
On October 2, a 55 year old male was caught in a rip current and pulled into the ocean off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Salvo.

October 04, 2016
Outer Banks Group Prepares for Hurricane Matthew
The Outer Banks Group is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Matthew. As of 8:00 am today, regional forecasts show that Hurricane Matthew is projected to approach and impact the Outer Banks at the end of this week. Park staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are currently preparing for potential storm impacts.

September 20, 2016
National Park Service Announces Agenda for Upcoming Science Workshop
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27, 2016 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.

September 09, 2016
Two swimming-related fatalities occur off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches in Rodanthe
Two swimming-related fatalities occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches this afternoon.

September 08, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore to initiate public scoping period for flood mitigation planning in the Buxton and Frisco areas
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will initiate a public scoping period and hold two public meetings in October to obtain feedback and ideas from the public regarding Seashore areas that experience flooding near Buxton and Frisco.

September 07, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hosts Deaf Awareness Education Days
On September 18 and 19, 2016, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will celebrate Deaf Awareness Week by hosting deaf awareness educational programs presented by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to participate in these events to learn about the issues the deaf population faces every day to honor its history and culture. All events are free of charge.

September 04, 2016
Outer Banks Group Facilities Reopening after Closure from Tropical Storm Hermine
National Park Service facilities on the Outer Banks are reopening after closure from Tropical Storm Hermine.

September 03, 2016
Outer Banks Group to Begin Reopening of Facilities and Services on September 4
Facilities and services at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin to reopen Sunday, September 4, post Tropical Storm Hermine.

September 02, 2016
Outer Banks Group to Temporarily Suspend Visitor Services Ahead of Tropical Storm Hermine
Due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, will be temporarily suspended.

September 01, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services Suspended on Ocracoke Island
Due to Hyde County's mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island, all Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) visitor services on the island are suspended and facilities are closed. This includes the Seashore's campground, visitor center and bookstore, the lighthouse, all beach access ramps and off-road vehicle routes on Ocracoke Island. These closures are effective at 5:00 p.m. today.

September 01, 2016
Outer Banks Group Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
The Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, encourages all fourth graders to visit these national parks this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program.

September 01, 2016
Outer Banks Group Preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine
Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to impact Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial tomorrow evening through Saturday evening. Regional forecasts show that the storm could produce tropical storm force winds and five to ten inches of rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding and persistent flooding of roadways, parking areas, and campgrounds. Other impacts associated with this tropical storm are strong rip currents, beach erosion, downed trees, and scattered power outages.

August 31, 2016
National Park Service to Hold Science Workshop
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27, 2016 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. A draft agenda will be circulated approximately one week ahead of the workshop.

August 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Prepares for Tropical Storm Conditions
Tropical Depression Eight is predicted to become a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning and impact Cape Hatteras National Seashore over the next 24 to 48 hours. Regional forecasts show that the impacts may include 40-50 mph winds, beach erosion, strong rip currents, and the threat of localized flash flooding with rainfall amounts of 1 to 5 inches possible.

August 24, 2016
National Park Service Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin
It's the centennial year for the National Park Service and the agency invites people of all ages to discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism. Volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin. Will you accept this volunteer challenge?

August 22, 2016
Public Comment Period Opens on Proposed Revision to Existing Special Regulation for Off-Road Vehicle Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting the public to comment on a revision to the rules for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The proposal has been published in the Federal Register, and the public has 60 days to review it and submit comments.

August 21, 2016
Nesting Sea Turtle Found Severely Injured on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach
On the morning of Sunday, August 21, Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel found a severely injured sea turtle on the beach approximately 0.66 miles north of Ramp 32. The sea turtle, identified as a threatened species Green sea turtle (chelonia mydas), is believed to have come onto the beach some time in the evening, or night, of August 20 in order to lay a nest in the sand. Turtle tracks led from the ocean to the nesting site approximately twenty feet above the high tide line in an off-road vehicle travel area. The turtle had begun to lay eggs into a nest dug into the sand when it is believed, based on significant evidence found at the scene, that a motor vehicle struck and ran over the nesting turtle. The incident was not reported by the involved party.

February 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces New Off-Road Vehicle Permit Print at Home Option
Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced today that it will make changes to how and where it issues Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permits.

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