MEDIA ADVISORY: National Estuarine Research Reserve sites to hold local advisory committee meetings this spring

Raleigh

RALEIGH – Local advisory committees for the four N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve sites will meet in March and April to discuss the required five-year update of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve’s management plan.

The meetings are open to the public.

· The Zeke’s Island Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. March 30, in the classroom of the Fort Fisher Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach.

· The Masonboro Island Local Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. March 30, at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin Moss Lane, Wilmington.

· The Currituck Banks Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. April 1, at the Corolla Public Library, 1123 Ocean Trail, Corolla.

· The Rachel Carson Local Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. April 2, at the NOAA Administration Building, 101 Pivers Island Road, Beaufort.

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

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. 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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