Cape Hatteras National Seashore Regulation News on Off-Road Vehicle Management

NPS proposes to amend special regulation on off-road vehicle management

Land Use Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
The National Park Service has proposed to changes regulations for off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.Photo Courtesy of ShareTrails.org

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to amend its special regulation for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, to revise the times that certain beaches open to ORV use in the morning, extend the dates that certain seasonal ORV routes are open in the fall and spring, and modify the size and location of vehicle-free areas.

Consideration of changes to this special regulation was required by section 3057 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

The NPS also proposes to amend this special regulation to allow the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to issue ORV permits that would be valid for different lengths of time than currently exist and to replace an ORV route designation on Ocracoke Island with a park road to allow vehicle access and pedestrian use of a soundside area without the requirement for an ORV permit.

Comments must be received by October 21, 2016.

You may submit comments, identified by the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE33, by any of the following methods:

Electronically: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Hardcopy: Mail or hand-deliver to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954.

For further information, contact Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954. Phone (252) 475-9032.

Read proposed amendment here.