Coastal agency seeks new members for Coastal Reserve Local Advisory Committees

Raleigh, NC

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is seeking applications from citizens and community organizations to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.

The local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.

The application period for citizens and community members will be open from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5. Citizens and community organizations serve five-year terms and bring knowledge and experience representing relevant areas, according to the needs and uses at each site. Areas may include: education, research, commercial use, recreational use, traditional use such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property owner, citizen at large, volunteer, and non-profit community organization or interest group. For details about the application process and to apply, go to Questions about the process can be directed to Hope Sutton, Coastal Reserve Stewardship Coordinator and Southern Sites manager, at 910-962-2998.

The North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve includes 10 sites: Currituck Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods, Buxton Woods, Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge, Rachel Carson, Permuda Island, Masonboro Island, Zeke’s Island, Bald Head Woods and Bird Island.

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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