Sept. 30, 2011
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-715-4074
Braxton Davis named Director of N.C. Division of Coastal Management
RALEIGH – Braxton Davis, an accomplished coastal scientist, has been named the new director for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management.
Davis, the current director of the Policy and Planning Division of the South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, will begin his new role in the North Carolina coastal agency’s Morehead City headquarters Dec. 1.
“Braxton’s knowledge of national coastal issues and his experience directing coastal policy are just a few of the assets he will bring to the Division of Coastal Management,” said Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “His extensive background in coastal science and management will complement the division’s strong permitting, planning and policy programs.”
Davis succeeds Jim Gregson, who left the division in August for a position with the N.C. Division of Water Quality.
Davis has worked for the South Carolina coastal agency since 2006. He also serves as chairman of the Coastal States Organization. The national organization represents the governors of the nation’s 35 coastal states, commonwealths and territories on legislative and policy issues relating to the sound management of coastal, Great Lakes and ocean resources.
Davis, a Virginia native, holds a doctorate in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in biological sciences from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Allison and Cole.
The Division of Coastal Management regulates development in the 20 coastal counties, helps local governments establish accessways for the public to reach coastal waters, and administers the Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program, which sets aside coastal lands for research, education and stewardship.
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