RALEIGH – The application period for those interested in serving on North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve local advisory committees is from Monday, Jan. 8, to Feb. 5, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management announced Friday.
The local advisory committees provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the 10 reserve sites, which are Currituck Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods, Buxton Woods, Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge, Rachel Carson, Permuda Island, Masonboro Island, Zeke’s Island, Bald Head Woods and Bird Island.
Advisory committee members serve five-year terms and bring relevant knowledge and experience in areas such as education, research, commercial use, recreational use, traditional use such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property owner, citizen at large, volunteer and nonprofit community organization or interest group, according to the press release.
The Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible traditional uses. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.
For more information about the application process, contact Hope Sutton, Coastal Reserve Stewardship Coordinator and Southern Sites manager, at 910-962-2998.