Permits required for Hatteras Seashore beach driving
Posted January 22, 2012
Hatteras, N.C. — The National Park Service issued a rule Friday that will require anyone driving on the beaches at Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks to obtain a permit first.
The new rule, which also requires off-road drivers to complete an educational program, goes into effect Feb. 15.
The plan is the latest attempt to balance environmental concerns and recreational access along the federally protected coastline, including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Bodie and Ocracoke islands.
The beaches provide nesting areas for several species of sea turtles and birds.
The Audubon Society and the Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in October 2007, claiming that the National Park Service was not adequately protecting the animals.