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). The National Park Service (NPS) has developed 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.
The NPS invites the public to provide comments on the EA during a public comment period which is open now through March 18, 2016. Public comment meetings will be held February 26 and 29, and March 1, 2, and 3, 2016. Times and locations for these meetings are posted under the "Meeting Notices" link on this page.
Your input and engagement are important to this planning process. To submit a comment on the EA, please click the "Open for Comment" button on the left hand side of this page. Then select the document that you wish to review and then click "Comment on Document" to enter and submit your comments.
Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be entered on this website or postmarked by March 18, 2016. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, social media, or in any other manner than those specified above. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.
Dave Hallac, Superintendent