April 28, 2008
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
RACHEL CARSON COASTAL RESERVE HONORS VOLUNTEERS
BEAUFORT, N.C. – Volunteers with the Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve were honored for their service with an appreciation lunch on Thursday, April 24. The volunteers bring a wide variety of skills, including leading public field trips, clean-ups, bird identification consulting and boat assistance.
“We really depend on our volunteers to help educate and inform visitors to the Reserve, especially during the busy summer months,” said Coastal Reserve Manager Rebecca Ellin. “Their support is invaluable.”
Those honored on Thursday were Pat and Bob Rapaport, Bruce McCutcheon, Mike Bertino, Ann Goellner, John Fussell, John Davis, Meg Luther, Ron McComas, Paul Dunn, Sharon Owens, and Paige Clark with the Outer Banks Chapter of the Mother/Daughter Charity League. The Carolina Estuarine Reserve Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Reserve, provided lunch for the event.
For information about volunteering at the Rachel Carson Reserve, contact Lori Davis, education specialist, at 252-838-0883.
The General Assembly established the Coastal Reserve Program in 1989 to preserve land for education, research and traditional recreational uses. The program now has 10 sites throughout the coastal region.