The attached document was submitted on behalf of the OBPA to Superintendent Mike Murray on March 1 in response to the pre-nesting closure proposal which had been submitted by the NPS on February 18th.

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On NPS Pre-nesting Closure Recommendations

February 28, 2011

The Consent Decree requires piping plover (PIPL) pre-nesting closures beyond that which is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the NPS Organic Act, and NPS Management Policies 2006.  After reviewing the 2011 pre-nesting closures proposed by the National Park Service for Bodie Island, Cape Point, South Beach, Hatteras Spit, Ocracoke, and South Ocracoke, the NCBBA, OBPA, and CHAPA recommend the following changes.

American Oyster Catcher (AMOY) nest sites should not be considered a relevant factor, nor shown on any maps of proposed closures for PIPL since the species was not specifically addressed in the Consent Decree.

 Bodie Island – Map #1                                      

Cape Point Map #2 

South Beach Map #3

Over-Wash Fans Map #4

Hatteras Spit Map #5

 Ocracoke – Map #6

South Ocracoke – Map #7