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Jones 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 Division of Coastal Management Director Charles Jones.
CRC Chairman Courtney Hackney presented the award to Jones at a commission meeting in Greenville.
Jones, 53, has served at the helm of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management for the past three years. He joined the division in 1978 as a field consultant and was promoted to chief of the DCM Field Services Section in 1984. In 1986, Jones became the district manager for the division’s Morehead City office, where he served until 1997 when he was promoted to assistant director for permitting and enforcement. In March 2004, Jones was appointed division director, which gave him responsibility for the entire North Carolina coastal management program. Jones has announced plans to retire effective June 1.
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.