Aug. 4, 2008
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
State Preserves Additional Land on Masonboro Island Coastal Reserve
RALEIGH – The state Division of Coastal Management has completed an $89,150 deal to purchase the largest of 13 remaining privately owned parcels on Masonboro Island in New Hanover County. Acquisition of this tract will add 23.3 acres to the Masonboro Island component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“The preservation of these additional acres is an important part of achieving the goals of the N.C. NERR program,” said Jim Gregson, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. “Our Reserve program is dedicated to preserving coastal natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation,” Gregson said. “It has long been a goal of DCM to add the privately owned parcels on Masonboro Island to our Reserve system as we are able to do so.”
Funding for the preservation effort came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
The 5,000-acre Masonboro Island component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve has been protected and managed by DCM since its designation as a reserve in 1991. It is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern coast of North Carolina and is also part of the N.C. Coastal Reserve, created by the General Assembly in 1989.