Interim Protected Species Management Strategy

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1/31/2012 - 2011 Annual Reports Posted

11/22/2011 - Order Granting Motion to Modify Consent Decree

2/18/2011 - 2011 Pre-nesting Closure Information

2/01/2011 - 2010 Annual Reports

3/19/2010 - Plaintiffs' Status Report and Response to Notice of Compliance with Consent Decree

3/04/2010 - CHAPA-NCBBA-OBPA and SELC Comments on 2010 Pre-nesting Areas


The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated planning efforts to develop an Interim Protected Species Management Strategy for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This Interim Strategy will guide management practices for protection of species until the long-term Off –Road Vehicle Management Plan and regulation are completed in 2008 as currently scheduled (see the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Negotiated Rulemaking and Management Plan/EIS project on this website).

The NPS places a high value on working together in partnerships with local communities and the visiting public to make sure that the NPS balances its responsibilities with their needs. By hearing from everyone, the NPS can maximize public involvement and shape this Interim Strategy to provide the greatest continued public use and access possible, while at the same time meeting the requirements of law designed to protect the resources that contribute to making Cape Hatteras National Seashore the very special place it is.

The Seashore is required by Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on actions that may affect Threatened and Endangered species. Six species protected under the ESA are found on park lands including the Piping Plover, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and one plant, the Seabeach Amaranth. See "Links" section for more information on these species. Other species are protected under other laws and Executive Orders, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and NPS regulations. This Interim Strategy will serve as a basis for initiating consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service. See the "Links" and "Documents" sections for more information on these laws and regulations.

Contents of the Interim Strategy will be developed using public input, practical knowledge, federal laws, science, and NPS policy. We look forward to your participation and input.


Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources, and provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Once dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a wealth of history relating to shipwrecks, lighthouses, and the U.S. Lifesaving Service. These dynamic islands provide a variety of habitats and are a valuable nesting and wintering area for migratory birds, including several Threatened and Endangered species. The park's fishing and surfing are considered some of the best on the East Coast.

Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches over 61 miles of barrier islands and includes Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands. Cape Hatteras National Seashore abuts and/or surrounds eight unincorporated villages, and attracts 2.5 million visitors annually.

Contact Information

Outer Banks Group
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Road
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2111