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Park Service Invites Public to Weigh In on Plan

The National Park Service invites the public to help develop a regional environmental assessment to examine options for protecting birds, sea turtles and beach mice in the service’s Southeast Region.

The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will assess the best available predator management plans and analyze environmental issues.

The Park Service says that coastal parks in the United States, including in North Carolina, are home to protected species of concern. Some examples of both federally and state-protected species include piping plover shorebirds, loggerhead sea turtles and green sea turtles. These are also threatened by predators such as coyote, raccoons, foxes and feral hogs. Species that use coastal dune habitats are of special concern during their breeding season, generally between April and October.

The public is invited to submit comments on the project until April 15, via scoping webinars scheduled for April 4 and 6 to present project information and review the preliminary alternatives. Those interested may also view webinar materials afterward, as they will be recorded and archived. A public scoping newsletter, including project details and preliminary draft alternative concepts, is also planned.

Registration for the webinars is free and available online.

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