News | March 5, 2010

Groups are studying proposed rules to govern off-road vehicles within national park

Conservation groups are studying proposed rules released today by the National Park Service to govern off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The groups are examining the document to see if the rules balance the interests of ORV enthusiasts with the park service’s primary responsibility to preserve the seashore’s natural resources, including rare sea turtles, birds, and their young, for present and future generations. As a unit of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras has been required for decades under federal law to establish guidelines for off-road vehicles (ORVs) that minimize harm to wildlife and natural values of the seashore in accordance with the best available science. More details are in the news release.