Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Public input sought on Reserves’ management plan
RALEIGH – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management are seeking public comment on the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserves revised Management Plan.
The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; the education, stewardship, and research goals of the reserve; and plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. This management plan describes how the strengths of the reserve will focus on several areas relevant to coastal North Carolina: coastal population increase, altered land use, storm water runoff, invasive species, tropical and coastal storm impacts and sea level rise. To view a copy of the plan, visit the Reserve’s web site athttp://www.nccoastalreserve.net/Reserve-Sites/Management-Plan-Review/139.aspx.
A public meeting to discuss the plan will be held at 6 p.m., August 19, at the NOAA/NCNERR Administration Building Auditorium, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, 101 Pivers Island Road, Beaufort, N.C.
Written comments should be sent to Rebecca Ellin, N.C. Reserve/N.C. Division of Coastal Management, 101 Pivers Island Road, Beaufort, N.C. 28516 or via email to email@example.com, no later than August 31, 2009.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 41,000 acres of land and marsh at 10 sites along the coast. Four of these sites are part of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve: Currituck Banks on the Outer Banks, Rachel Carson near Beaufort, and Masonboro Island and Zeke’s Island near Wilmington.
For additional information, contact N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve manager Rebecca Ellin at 252-838-0880.