Winter 2012

· CRC remands sea level rise policy to committee for further review

· Editorial from CRC chairman Bob Emory on sea-level rise policy

· Southern reserve sites schedule Local Advisory Committees, volunteer training and more this spring

· Like the Coastal Reserves? “Like” us on Facebook too!

· Summer Camps at Rachel Carson Reserve

· N.C. Coastal Reserve accepting applications for membership on 10 Coastal Reserve Local Advisory Committees

· The CAMAgram is changing

· Staff News

· CRC actions from February


CRC remands sea level rise policy to committee for further review

At its meeting in February, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission decided to continue working on its draft sea level rise policy before beginning the formal rulemaking process. The draft policy will be reviewed in April by one of the Commission’s two standing committees.

Some CRC members expressed a desire for additional time to refine some of the policy’s language, and commission members also wanted to hear the CRC Science Panel’s response to recent critiques of their 2010 sea level rise report before making a decision on the policy.

Originally scheduled for the February meeting, the Science Panel’s presentation on their response was postponed to allow the panel members more time to review and comment on it.

The panel’s response will be made available on DCM’s website as soon as it is completed and the presentation of the response has been rescheduled for the April CRC Meeting.

The most recent draft of the Commission’s sea level rise policy is available for review on the DCM website.


Southern coastal reserve sites Local Advisory Committee meetings scheduled for March and April

Local Advisory Committees for the Masonboro Island components of the N. C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Bald Head Woods Coastal Reserve will meet in March, and the Local Advisory Committee for the Zeke’s Island Reserve will meet in April. The meetings are open to the public.

· The Masonboro Island Local Advisory Committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. March 5, in the Habitat Conference Room of the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington, N.C.

· The Bald Head Woods Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. March 8, at the Bald Head Island Conservancy, 700 Federal Rd., Bald Head Island, N.C.

· The Zeke’s Island Local Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. April 3, in the meeting room of the Fort Fisher Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, N.C.

The committees consist of local residents, partners and leaders who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding management of the reserve sites.


N.C. Coastal Reserve and Friends of the Reserve host “Masonboro Cafés” in Wilmington and Carolina Beach
Masonboro Island Reserve staff and representatives from Friends of the Reserve’s local FOR Masonboro Island group will host free, informal “Masonboro Café” events in Wilmington and Carolina Beach over the next few months.  Join reserve staff for a casual discussion about theMasonboro Island Reserve, talk with staff and volunteers involved with protecting the island and its inhabitants, and learn about available volunteer opportunities.

  Location:SurfHouse Carolina Beach,604 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, N.C.

  Dates:April 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Surf House,250 Racine Dr., Suite 1, Wilmington, N.C.

    Dates:March 19 and May 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Stewardship Coordinator and Southern Sites Manager Hope Sutton at 910-962-2998 or via email at


Workshops – Camping on Masonboro Island
Reserve staff will lead two workshops about minimizing your impacts when camping on the Masonboro Island Reserve. Both workshops will be held at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington.

Thursday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (repeat of session 1)

Education Sessions and Volunteer Recruitment

Reserve staff will present highlights of the Masonboro Island Reserve’s shorebird and turtle programs at two sessions in March and April.Both sessions will be held at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington.

· March 29, 6-7:30 p.m. - Birds of the Reserve

Learn about the natural history and ecology of marsh and shore birds and monitoring efforts at the Masonboro Island Reserve and through the SEANET volunteer monitoring program.

· April 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Sea Turtles & Diamondback Terrapins

Learn about the natural history and ecology of these protected reptiles, monitoring and protection efforts at the Masonboro Island Reserve and how you can get involved with these efforts.


Like the Coastal Reserves? “Like” us on Facebook too!

The Coastal Reserve Program and the Rachel Carson Reserve site debuted new Facebook pages in late December, joining the existing Masonboro Island Reserve Facebook page.

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with news from our reserve sites, use the following links to visit our pages and “like” them to keep in the loop.

Coastal Reserve Program:!/pages/North-Carolina-Coastal-Reserve/251517631574646

Rachel Carson Reserve:!/pages/Rachel-Carson-Reserve/100133366772928

Masonboro Island Reserve:!/pages/Masonboro-Island/28183399842


Summer Camps at Rachel Carson Reserve

This summer the Rachel Carson Component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve will again host educational programs for students of all ages. All classes will be hands-on, field-based estuarine studies. This program is made possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The Reserve is taking the lead on the following programs:

Preschool Storytime and Crafts- This program includes a story, estuarine critter observation, and a related craft. Registration is required, free of charge.

Seashore Life 1 (entering grades 1 & 2)- Students investigate coastal marine life with an emphasis on adaptations and food chains of the tidal flats, salt marshes and sounds. Field-based classes include a ferry ride, barrier hiking, and animal identification.

Coastal Conservation Fellows (entering grades 7-10) – Train with field biologists studying local flora and fauna. Students in this field course will learn data collection methods and how biologists make habitat conservation decisions.

For more information about these programs, please contact Lori Davis, Education Coordinator, at 252-838-0883 or, or visit the Reserve website:

The Reserve will also be assisting the Museum with their Coastal Adventuresprogram by offering nature hikes to the Rachel Carson Reserve, fish seining and plankton viewing. In addition to these programs, the Museum is also offering programs focusing on pirates, fishing, boat building and coastal photography. For more information about Museum programs, please contact Lori Duppstadt at 252-728-7317 or


Staff News


DCM’s budget officer, Arthur Stadiem, left the division at the end of October for a position with NCDOT’s Ferry Division.

The Raleigh DCM office was officially closed on Dec. 31, and three of our policy positions were relocated to the Morehead City headquarters office. Those positions include the coastal hazards specialist, coastal engineer, and strategic planning coordinator. The three employees in those positions – Steve Underwood, Bonnie Bendell and Guy Stefanski – have elected not to move to Morehead City, and have resigned from DCM.

Lori Davis is the new Reserves Education Coordinator.  Lori has served as the Reserve’s Education Specialist for the past ten years through a contract with UNCW.  In her new role, she will manage all K-12 student and teacher and general public programming. 

Paula Gillikin is the new Reserves Central Sites Manager.  Paula has served as the Reserve’s Rachel Carson Site Manager in a temporary capacity since 2007.  She will continue to steward the Rachel Carson site in her new role and will also be responsible for our Permuda Island Reserve. 

The CAMAgram is changing

Beginning with our next issue in spring 2012, DCM will be changing the format of the CAMAgram in an effort to improve communications with our readers. The newsletter will be delivered directly to your email, but will still be available on our website for review. We’ll also be including a note from the DCM director, legal news, and other information we hope will be useful.

As always, we welcome your feedback. If you’d like to receive the CAMAgram via email, or if you’d like to comment, please send an email to CAMAgram editor Michele Walker at