MEDIA ADVISORY: Three coastal reserve sites to hold local advisory committee meetings in December

Raleigh, NC

Local advisory committees for three coastal reserves will meet in December. The meetings are open to the public.

  • The Currituck Banks Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, 1160 Village Lane in Corolla.
  • The Bird Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Habitat Conference Room at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane in Wilmington.
  • The Masonboro Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Habitat Conference Room at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane in Wilmington.

The committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies and non-governmental partner organizations who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.

The division will seek applications from citizens and community organizations in January 2018 to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees. Citizens and community organizations serve five-year terms and bring knowledge and experience representing relevant topical areas, based on the needs and uses at each site. These topical areas may include: education, research, commercial use, recreational use, traditional uses such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property owners, citizen at large, volunteer, and non-profit community organization or interest group. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend the fall 2017 meeting for their reserve site of interest to learn more about how the committees operate. Additional information about the local advisory committees is available on the division’s website at: http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/web/crp/local-advisory-committees1.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible traditional uses. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.

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