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Bodie Island Gets OK for New Hunt Blind

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE — A new accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform will be built within the authorized waterfowl hunting area on Bodie Island, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.

A PowerPoint slide of the project description of the waterfowl hunt blind and wildlife viewing platform on Bodie Island. Photo: NPS

The National Park Service is to collaborate with partners on the project to build a 265-foot-long, accessible hunting blind and wildlife-viewing platform in the same location as a previous wildlife platform and a five-car parking area is to be added next to the highway.

The Park Service approved the plan after an environmental assessment, or EA, with public review was prepared, and Bob Vogel, director of the Southeast Region of the National Park Service, signed the Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, and Floodplain Statement of Findings.

The EA evaluated the impact of building the accessible hunt blind that complied with the 1968 Architectural Barriers Act, or ABA, within a location that would avoid or minimize effects on sensitive ecological features, according to the Park Service. The FONSI completed the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act processes that began last summer.

Copies of the EA and the FONSI can be found on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.

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