BERLIN, Md. - One local beach is closing part of its land down to protect its wildlife. Assateague Island National Seashore will temporarily close an area to protect breeding Piping Plovers.
The interior portion of northern Assateague Island, including much of the island north of Assateague State Park, has been closed to public use since April, and starting June 15th it will be expanded.
The closed area includes the portion of the public Over-Sand Vehicle route south of kilometer marker 18.0. All vehicle use south of KM 18.0 will be temporarily prohibited. The bullpen camping area will be moved north.
The ocean beaches are still open and accessible from Assateague State Park and from the boat landing area. The plovers nest on opens sandy beaches and raise their chicks along the water, so the beach closure is to protect them and their young.