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Hackney Receives Eure-Gardner Award for Significant Contributions to Protection of the N.C. Coast
RALEIGH — The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission today bestowed its highest honor, the Eure-Gardner award, on outgoing Coastal Resources Commission Chairman Courtney Hackney.
CRC Vice Chairman Doug Langford presented the award to Hackney at a commission meeting in Greenville.
A professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Dr. Hackney has served on the CRC continuously since 1994 and earlier served from 1989-1992. He was elected vice chair of the commission in 2001, and was appointed by Gov. Mike Easley as chairman in 2005.
Robin Smith, assistant secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, presented Hackney with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, recognizing his many years of service to the state of North Carolina.
The Eure-Gardner award is bestowed on those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to protecting the natural, cultural and economic resources of the coastal area. It is named for Thomas Eure, the first chairman of the CRC, and William Gardner, a long-time member and former chairman of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council.
The Division of Coastal Management regulates development in the state’s 20 coastal counties, helps local governments establish public access to coastal waters and administers the Coastal Reserve Program, which sets aside coastal lands for research and education.
The CRC establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management Program and adopts rules for both the Coastal Area Management Act and the N.C. Dredge and Fill Act. The commission designates areas of environmental concern, adopts rules and policies for coastal development within those areas, and certifies local land-use plans.