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National Park Service News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DATE: August 21, 2009

CONTACT: 252-473-2111, ext. 148

Fourth Vandalism Incident Closes Ramp 23

Deputy Superintendent Darrell Echols announced today that a fourth

vandalism incident, the third in three days, occurred at Ramp 23 on

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 resulting in the closure of the ramp near Salvo,

NC in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The fourth incident of the same

resource protection area marks an unprecedented situation for management of

the off-road vehicle issue under the terms of the court ordered consent

decree. The incident is being investigated by NPS law enforcement

personnel.

The recent vandalism represents the fourth time the Ramp 23 protection area

has been vandalized. According to the terms of the court ordered consent

decree, park management has the discretion to take necessary and

appropriate measures for protection of breeding birds. The closure of Ramp

23 is a result of three consecutive deliberate violations in the past week

with the first violation documented on June 27, 2009.

NPS law enforcement personnel continue to investigate these incidents. If

anyone has information about any of these violations, please call Dare

Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111. Destruction of government property

and entering a resource closure are federal criminal violations, each

subject up to a $5,000.00 fine and up to six months imprisonment.

For up-to-date information on currently open or closed areas, check the

Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Google Earth maps at:

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm

-NPS-

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Its a shame everyone pays the price for a couple of morons, and more than likely someone not from there that doesn't care.

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I hate posting info like this, but I want everyone who is heading that way to know.

I wish they would catch the culprit.

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Its a shame everyone pays the price for a couple of morons' date=' and more than likely someone not from there that doesn't care.[/quote']

You hit the nail on the head!!!

Thanks for the heads up, Fin.

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Persons that oppose the closures will GENERALLY do all they can to keep it open.

Those that oppose vehicle access will do (and have done) all they can to get it closed, up to and including sabotage like this.

The Park Service needs to maybe install some remote cameras at these sensitive points.

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Persons that oppose the closures will GENERALLY do all they can to keep it open.

Those that oppose vehicle access will do (and have done) all they can to get it closed, up to and including sabotage like this.

The Park Service needs to maybe install some remote cameras at these sensitive points.

Agreed:icon_salut:

Riddle me this batman. With all the money the AS and DOW have why can't they purchace cameras like the hunters use around thier bait piles for deer hunting?

Oh, thats right it would really look bad if one of them was caught violating the Concent Decree, now wouldn't it.:cussing:

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would that surprise anyone here? not me that's for sure ... headed down 9/12 for a week n wondering if i'll have ANY access other than the piers ...

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