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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Coastal Management - 091411a

Coastal Management

 Sept. 14, 2011

Contact: Michele Walker, 919-715-4074

Public invited to celebrate National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day

BEAUFORT – State environmental officials are inviting people to celebrate National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day Sept. 24 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Program and the North Carolina Maritime Museum will host the celebration at the Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. The event is free.

National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration of estuaries, the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea.  It is a great opportunity to learn more about these magical ecosystems and how people can help to protect them.  North Carolina’s estuarine system is the third largest in the country, encompassing more than 2 million acres.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. 

The celebration is part of the museum’s weekend of “Culture, History, and the Environment.”

The event includes an education tent at the museum, and a marine debris cleanup on the Rachel Carson component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is required for the Rachel Carson reserve cleanup.

Contact Rachel Carson site manager Paula Gillikin at (252) 838-0886 or paula.gillikin@ncdenr.gov to register, or visit www.nccoastalreserve.net.

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