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The appearance of off-road vehicles on the state's beaches in the late 1970s marks a dramatic change in the use of the beach environment. Hosier discusses their impact on barrier islands and makes recommendations for their use, including prohibiting their use on coastal dunes. He includes off-road ordinances from communities including Holden Beach and Nags Head.
High winds and tides had worn down the terrain, but human activities had played a great part in the erosion of sand dunes and beaches. Having some control over the latter spurred residents to plan ways to preserve the sandy shores of their island home. Among the efforts: prohibiting vehicles without four weight bearing wheels on beaches; increasing parking spaces to incite pedestrian beach access; and closing certain areas seasonally and year around.
With ever changing sands and various storms, the geography of the Outer Banks is always in a state of flux. In an attempt to stave off the change from land to sea, a wooden fence was erected along the Currituck Sound to help build up sand dunes and keep back the sea.