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Cape Hatteras Protections Upheld

Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAAA federal court has upheld Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach driving rule, which has led to two consecutive years of great news for sea turtle and piping plover nest rates, along with record tourism numbers. Indeed, since it was put in place, the park has counted a record number of sea turtle nests (222 in 2012 and 254 in 2013) and both visitations to the National Seashore and proceeds from visitor lodging increased during the nesting season.

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