Individually a couple of vehicle staying in the previous track on the beach is no problem, put 200 plus vehicles on a busy weekend at Cape Point and watch what a pristine beach turns into (actually it stays that way) a hideous mess of churned up sand that stays that way for weeks or months. Then tell everybody no problem a big storm will come through and smooth everything out or take a hike on PINWR if vehicles on the beach bother you. Screw that I don't want to wait weeks for a big storm to smooth their mess out.
In the NPS CAHA DEIS, FEIS and other documents that can be found in the Federal Register, one will find that the NPS, USGS and USFWS all concluded that beach driving in general at CAHA and the 2007 Interim ORV Plan all fell under the NEPA designation of "FONSI", or "Finding Of No Significant Impact".
[B]"(1) The Interim Management Plan fully titled Interim Protected Species Management Strategy/Environmental Assessment was publically discussed at great length and reviewed under the NEPA provisions in 2006. It was signed into effect in July 2007 and published in the Federal Register.
As indicated at page 30 in the Finding of No Significant Impact Interim Management Strategy (See Attached) “There are no significant adverse impacts on public health, public safety, threatened or endangered species, sites or districts listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or other unique characteristics of the region. In addition, no highly uncertain or highly controversial impacts, unique or unknown risks, significant cumulative effects, or elements of precedence have been identified and implementing the selected alternative (modified preferred alternative – Alternative D (Access/Research Component Focus) with Elements of Alternative A) will not violate any federal, state, or local environmental protection law. There will be no impairment of park resources or values resulting from implementation of the selected alternative.”
The USFWS reviewed and concurred with the Interim Strategy and the Finding of No Significant Impact."[/b]
At least 3 government agencies say your concerns are unwarranted, Sea Oat. You may wish to re-think your position.