Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Implementation
The Coastal Resources, Environmental Management, and Marine Fisheries Commissions have adopted the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, or CHPP, which has been revised and rewritten twice since its implementation in 2004. Rule-making and policy actions taken by the three commissions comply “…to the maximum extent practicable” with the plan. An annual report details the progress made by the respective commissions and North Carolina state agencies in the implementation of the plan.
While differences in scope, geography and mission exist, implementation of APNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan are complimentary. Jimmy Johnson, APNEP’s Coastal Habitats Coordinator, works closely with the three commissions and their divisions within the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that both plans are implemented in a coordinated and integrated fashion.