Oct. 23, 2007
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
RACHEL CARSON COASTAL RESERVE BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BOARDWALK
BEAUFORT, N.C. – The Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve has begun construction of a new boardwalk on Carrot Island. The boardwalk is a cooperative effort between the Town of Beaufort and the Rachel Carson Reserve, and should be open to the public by the end of the year.
Funding for this project comes from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, the Town of Beaufort, and a private donor.
The boardwalk will be accessible from the Taylor’s Creek side (north side) of the Reserve directly across from the Front Street boat ramp at Lenoxville Road, and will traverse both wetland and upland habitats, providing an opportunity for the public to experience the Reserve’s diverse array of wildlife species and habitats with minimal impact to the site. Visitors should be aware that a docking facility will not be available; boaters should anchor along the shoreline.
The mission of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve is to promote, through research, education and example, informed management and stewardship of North Carolina’s estuarine and coastal habitats.
For further information about the boardwalk or the Rachel Carson Reserve, contact Paula Gillikin, Rachel Carson site manager, at (252) 838-0886.