Division of Coastal Management
The Division of Coastal Management works to protect, conserve and manage North Carolina's coastal resources through an integrated program of planning, permitting, education and research. DCM carries out the state's Coastal Area Management Act, the Dredge and Fill Law and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 in the 20 coastal counties, using rules and policies of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, known as the CRC. The division serves as staff to the CRC.
Beach & Waterfront Access
The Division of Coastal Management awards about $1 million a year in matching grants for projects to improve pedestrian access to the state's beaches and waterways. Funding for the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program comes from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
Coastal Reserve Program
The mission of the N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is "to promote informed management and stewardship of North Carolina’s estuarine and coastal habitats through research, education, and example."