Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/EIS and Rulemaking
The National Park Service (NPS) is developing an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) management plan/environmental impact statement and regulation for Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA). Thank you for your interest in this planning project. Please return to this website to check the "Documents & Links" section for updates.
The NPS recognizes that ORV's must be regulated in a manner that is not only consistent with applicable law, but also appropriately addresses resource protection (including protected, threatened and endangered species) and potential conflicts among the various CAHA users.
Executive Order 11644 of 1972, amended by Executive Order 11989 of 1977, requires certain federal agencies permitting ORV use on agency lands to publish regulations designating specific trails and areas for this use. Title 36, section 4.10 of the Code of Federal Regulations implements the executive orders by providing that routes and areas designated for off-road vehicle use shall be promulgated as special regulations. Section 4.10 also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with E.O. 11644 and with section 1.5 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
The NPS will carry out and complete the rulemaking process concurrently with the development of an ORV Management Plan for the park and accompanying National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The NPS has assigned a high priority to the completion of this plan/environmental impact statement and regulation.
Public input will be a key component in this multi-year planning effort, and in the successful development of the ORV regulation and plan. Local, regional and nation-wide public participation is encouraged. There will be several opportunities for public participation during the planning process. Please check the "Plan Process" and "Meeting Notices" section of this webpage for details and dates for public meetings that are part of the NEPA process and, if the negotiated rulemaking process is used, for meetings of the negotiated rulemaking committee.
I sincerely hope you will take part in this planning process and check back to this website frequently for updates.
Michael B. Murray
Outer Banks Group
1401 National Park Road
Manteo, North Carolina 27954