Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management
The Final Rule for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) was implemented in 2012. On December 19, 2014, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (the 2014 Act). The legislation required the NPS to review and modify wildlife buffers and designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around buffers to allow access to areas that are open at the Seashore. The Review and Adjustment of Wildlife Protection Buffers Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed in June 2015.
The 2014 Act also requires a public process to consider, consistent with management requirements at the Seashore, changes to the Seashore's ORV special regulation as it relates to the morning opening of beaches, extending the length of seasonal ORV routes in the fall and/or spring, and modifying the size and location of vehicle-free areas (VFAs). In February 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) published an EA for the second portion of the Act, which could result in a modification to the Final Rule for ORV management at the Seashore. On August 22, 2016 the NPS published the proposed rule for ORV management. On December 19, 2016 the NPS completed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), which implements the NPS preferred alternative in the EA. On December 21, 2016, the NPS published the Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management at Cape Hatteras in the Federal Register.
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Dave Hallac, Superintendent