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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By Misty Buchanan, Director, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
Biologists Laura Robinson and Dale Suiter surveying for rare marsh species. Photo by Misty Buchanan.
North Carolina’s Natural Heritage Program has been exploring the natural areas of the Albemarle-Pamlico region throughout most of its 40-year history. The northeastern corner of North Carolina was one of the first regions to be systematically surveyed by Natural Heritage Program biologists. Information from those early surveys was compiled in three large volumes describing the ecology, rare species, and special habitats found in the region. Many of the natural areas have not been revisited since the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) surveys were conducted in the late 1980’s, while others have been gone on to become game lands, state parks, and nature preserves.
Working under the authority of the Nature Preserves Act, the Natural Heritage Program establishes two different types of nature preserves, Dedicated Nature Preserves and Registered Heritage Areas. North Carolina’s 176 Dedicated Nature Preserves are permanent land allocations set aside by state agencies, such as the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Division of Parks and Recreation, and private conservation organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy. These Dedicated Nature Preserves include some of our state’s most cherished natural areas, such as Grandfather Mountain, The Green Swamp, and Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
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March 15-16, 2017, NCSU McKimmon Center, Raleigh. Hosted by WRRI.
March 22-23, 2017, Raleigh. Hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation
April 4-5, 2017, NCSU McKimmon Center and NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, Raleigh. Hosted by NC Sea Grant.
April 26, 2017, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm, NC Wildlife Resource Commission Office Headquarters (Commission Meeting Room 5th floor) – NCSU Centennial Campus - 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
May 9, 2017, 10:30 am-3:00 pm, ECU Greenville Centre, 2200 Charles Blvd, Room 1200
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Telling the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership Story
The United States Congress designated the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system an "estuary of national significance" in 1987. That same year, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) was among the first of 28 National Estuary Programs established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through amendments to the Clean Water Act. To help commemorate our 30th Anniversary, we are highlighting the history of APNEP by featuring our partners-past and present-throughout 2017.
Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist &
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University
Strategic Planning for the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program 2004
published February 9, 2017
Senior Associate Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill
APNEP Service: Policy Board Member 2005-2012, Chair 2010-2012
Published January 19, 2017
Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
APNEP Service 1986-1994:
Published January 12, 2017