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Comments Sought on Bodie Island Project

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BODIE ISLAND — Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking public comment on the construction of a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife viewing platform here.

A public meeting about the project will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Nags Head town boardroom at 5401 Croatan Highway. Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 26.

The project is intended to provide an accessible waterfowl hunt blind and a wildlife viewing platform with a boardwalk, meeting the Interior Secretary’s goal of creating more hunting and fishing opportunities on federal lands and providing educational opportunities to learn about migratory shorebirds within an estuarine wetland, according to the press release.

The input collected will help in the preparation of an environmental assessment to analyze impacts associated with the proposed construction of the facilities.

The 30-day public scoping period, which ends Aug. 26, is being conducted before the seashore completes its analysis of the proposal. The seashore is looking for comments on the social, cultural and natural resource issues and concerns associated with the development of the facilities within three alternative locations.

Written comments may be submitted through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. Select the “Construction of a New Accessible Hunt Blind/Wildlife Viewing Platform on Bodie Island” link to view the scoping documents.  

Comments can also be mailed to Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, N.C. 27954. 

Comments will not be accepted by fax, email or in any other way than those specified. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

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