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Emory receives Eure-Gardner Award for significant contributions to protection of N.C. coast


RALEIGH — The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, yesterday bestowed its highest honor, the Eure-Gardner award, on former Coastal Resources Commission Chairman Robert R. Emory.

Current CRC Chairman Frank Gorham presented the award to Emory at a commission meeting in Atlantic Beach.

The Eure-Gardner award is bestowed on those individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to protecting the natural, cultural and economic resources of the coastal area. It is named for Thomas Eure, the first chairman of the CRC, and William Gardner, a long-time member and former chairman of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council.

Emory isthe environmental manager at the Southern Timberlands Operations of Weyerhauser Co., where he has worked since 1972. He served on the Coastal Resources Commission for 20 years, from June 1994 through June 2014. He was appointed chairman of the CRC in November 2007 by then-Governor Mike Easley.

“Throughout the course of his time with the CRC, Bob was known for his fairness, his calm demeanor, and his willingness to hear all sides of each of the complex issues brought before the commission,” said Braxton Davis, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. “For all of his efforts, his approach, and his leadership, he is truly deserving of the Eure-Gardner Award.”

The Division of Coastal Management regulates development in the state’s 20 coastal counties, helps local governments establish public access to coastal waters and administers the Coastal Reserve Program, which sets aside coastal lands for research and education.

The CRC establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management Program and adopts rules for the Coastal Area Management Act and the N.C. Dredge and Fill Act. The commission designates areas of environmental concern, adopts rules and policies for coastal development within those areas, and certifies local land-use plans.

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