With an opportunity for ORV land use, Cape Lookout National Seashore North Carolina’s Off-Road Vehicle Plan draft is open for comments.
The Blue Ribbon Coalition reports that the National Park Service (NPS) is developing an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement and regulation for Cape Lookout National Seashore (CALO) in North Carolina.
The NPS recognizes that ORVs, if allowed, must be regulated in a manner that is not only consistent with applicable law, but also appropriately addresses resource protection (including protected, threatened and endangered species), public safety and potential conflicts among the various CALO users.
Executive Order 11644 of 1972, amended by Executive Order 11989 of 1977, requires certain federal agencies permitting ORV use on agency lands to publish regulations designating specific trails and areas for this use. Title 36, section 4.10 of the Code of Federal Regulations implements the executive orders by providing that routes and areas designated for off-road vehicle use shall be promulgated as special regulations. Section 4.10 also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with E.O. 11644 and with section 1.5 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Public input is a key component in this multi-year planning effort, and in the successful development of the ORV regulation and plan. Local, regional and nation-wide public participation is encouraged. There will be several opportunities for public participation during the planning process, including upcoming meetings on the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement June 17-19, 2014. (See schedule below.)
Cape Lookout National Seashore ORV draft plan/EIS public meetings
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Duke Marine Lab
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, North Carolina
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
NC State University
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 JM Kenyes Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina
For more information, visit the project planning webpage at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=15978.