Sept. 9, 2009
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
PUBLIC MEETING SET ON PUBLIC USE OF MASONBORO ISLAND COASTAL RESERVE
RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management and the N.C. Coastal Reserve Program will hold a public meeting Oct. 8 to discuss appropriate public use of the Masonboro Island component of the reserve.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the UNC Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin Moss Lane, Wilmington.
Reserve staff will provide information on how the reserve is managed, the reserve program’s primary goals of research and education, and how traditional public uses can be compatible with these goals. The meeting will also be used to discuss options for managing holiday weekend crowds on the reserve property, to ensure public safety and protection of the reserve’s natural resources.
“The division is considering several options for managing the issue of large crowds on the island on summer holiday weekends,” said Jim Gregson, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. “And, we are actively seeking input from the public in making these decisions.”
The Masonboro reserve is one of 10 components in the N.C. Coastal Reserve Program, which protects coastal lands and marshes for research, education and compatible traditional uses.