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Comments Sought on Proposed Hunt Blind

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE — An accessible hunt blind and wildlife viewing platform is being proposed for Bodie Island and the National Park Service is looking for public comment about the project.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is planning to construct the viewing platform on Bodie Island in Nags Head. The project would include a small concrete parking area, interpretive signage, a 260-foot-long elevated boardwalk to a partially covered platform over an open pond within the federally authorized hunt area on Bodie Island, according to a release Monday from National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.

An environmental assessment has been prepared to analyze the effects of building a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife-viewing platform along with associated facilities, which officials said would meet the following project objectives:

  • Build an American Barriers Act-accessible hunt blind within a location that would avoid or minimize damage to sensitive ecological features.
  • Enhance the seashore’s visitor opportunities by providing an accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform within a wetland environment for all visitors.
  • Work toward providing permanent hunt blinds within the national seashore’s federally authorized hunting area.

The environmental assessment is available for a 30-day public comment period at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website from Monday through Jan. 8, 2019.  Select the “Construction of a New Accessible Hunt Blind/Wildlife Viewing Platform on Bodie Island” link to view the assessment and to make a comment or mail comments to
 Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.

To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be entered via the website or postmarked by Jan. 8, 2019. Comments will only be accepted by mail or online. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

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