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Management Issues at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, N.C. John Welsh. Location of the Park. Nags Head. Outer Banks, N.C. Jockey’s Ridge. Cape Hatteras. Cape Lookout. Park Facts. Medano – large hill of shifting sand that lacks vegetation Park contains 10.3 million yd 3 of sand

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Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Management Issues at Jockey’s Ridge

State Park, N.C.

John Welsh


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Location of the Park

Nags Head

Outer Banks, N.C.

Jockey’s Ridge

Cape Hatteras

Cape Lookout


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Park Facts

  • Medano – large hill of shifting sand that lacks vegetation

  • Park contains 10.3 million yd3 of sand

  • Park covers 414 acres

  • Dune height varies from 110-140 feet

  • Important tourist attraction: hosts more than 900,000

  • tourists each year

  • Tourist activities: Hang Gliding, Kite Flying, Hiking, etc.


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Jockey’s Ridge is on the Move

  • Wind has caused the park to migrate

  • Direction of wind shifts throughout year

  • Summer: wind from the SW

  • Winter and Fall: from the NE

Predominant direction of Migration:

Park is moving to the SW


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Management Issues

  • Development – North of the park has cut off the source of

  • new sand

  • Migration of the dune field outside the limits of the Park:

  • Entrepreneurs hauling away sand for commercial use

  • Encroachment onto Neighbors’ property

  • Human impacts:

  • Recreational activities


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Management Solutions

  • Do Nothing – not really a solution

  • Haul sand away on a regular basis – 50,000 yd3 could be moved

  • every five years from the S-end and put on the N-end

  • Vegetate the Dune:

  • Entire dune field

  • Southern end of the Park

  • Sand Fences


Management issues at jockey s ridge state park n c john welsh

Problems with Management Options

  • Hauling Sand away is expensive and would have to be done on a regular basis

  • Vegetating the dune field would stabilize the system but would

  • defeat the purpose of having an active dune

  • Sand fences and old Christmas trees emplaced along S-end of

  • park have been covered with migrating sand

Wright Brothers Memorial in nearby Kill

Devil Hills once had a migrating

dune.



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