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2007 Cape Cod National Seashore piping plover ORV closures discussed

Published: Sat January 06, 2007
By: Straight Dope

Cape Cod Times | By ERIC WILLIAMS

No one knows where the plovers will go in 2007, but officials at the Cape Cod National Seashore are working on contingency plans to help avoid a total closure of the park’s off-road vehicle corridor in Provincetown and Truro, an event that made 2006 less than peachy for those who like to explore Cape beaches the four-wheeled way.

An ORV subcommittee of the Seashore’s advisory commission has drafted several recommendations for the upcoming season, many of them stemming from public comments and suggestions…

Options discussed for 2007 Provincetown Seashore piping plover closures

Published: Thu December 14, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By Pru Sowers | Provincetown Banner

Hoping to placate irate off-road vehicle permit holders, the Cape Cod National Seashore proposed three options for helping keep them on the beach during piping plover nesting season.

Access to local beaches was severely curtailed early this past summer, including two weeks in late June and early July when the beaches were completely closed to ORV drivers, who had paid $150 for a seasonal permit. Seashore officials predicted that beach closures next summer could continue and are trying to develop a back-up plan that will keep stretches of beach open to…

Swim for Life event raises $150,000 for Provincetown charity organizations

Published: Sun September 10, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By K.C. MYERS | Cape Cod Times

They both wore black to their wedding, black wetsuits that is.

As about 300 swimmers prepared to cross the 1.4-mile watery divide between Long Point and Provincetown Harbor yesterday, Kathryn Rafter, 53, and Francey Beall, 44, exchanged wedding vows. No sooner had the newlyweds completed their nuptials than they zipped up their wetsuits and dove in.

‘’We’ve done the swim for seven years, and we’ve been together for seven years,’’ said Rafter, who lives in Provincetown and Dallas, Texas. ‘’And there’s not a better place in the world…

By Steve Desroches |

There is growing tension between Provincetown and the “fifth town” of the Outer Cape. That fifth town is Cape Cod National Seashore, and the town of Provincetown wants more of a say in how the park operates within the town’s borders.

“It’s disturbing to not have the Park Service make use of the tools to work out problems before it becomes a contentious issue,” said Alix Ritchie, a member of Provincetown’s National Seashore General Management Plan Advisory Committee.

It was Ritchie who coined the term the “fifth town.” And she,…

A public information meeting will be held July 18, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown to update the status of the off-road vehicle beach closures necessitated by piping plover activity within the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The purpose of the meeting is to review current conditions and the events that led to the closure of the Off-Road Vehicle corridor. According to Superintendent George Price, “I am interested in hearing from folks that were impacted by the closures. I am hoping that the meeting will help assist Seashore managers, off-road vehicle…

A federal agency wants to set a speed limit for ships along stretches of the East Coast to help protect endangered whales from deadly collisions.

The proposed regulations, filed Friday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, call for a speed limit of 10 knots, about 11.5 mph, for vessels 65 feet or longer in certain areas when North Atlantic right whales are active.

“At that speed a collision is less likely to be lethal,” agency spokeswoman Teri Frady said.
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About 300 right whales live in the Northern Hemisphere.…

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