The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold spring local advisory committee meetings in May for six of the 10 sites the reserve oversees.
The following is the schedule for the meetings taking place between May 8 and May 22:
- Bird Island Reserve 10 a.m. May 8, Sunset Beach Town Hall, 700 Sunset Blvd.
- Masonboro Island Reserve 10 a.m. May 10, UNCW Center for Marine Science habitat conference room, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington.
- Zeke’s Island Reserve 1 p.m. May 15, Fort Fisher Recreation Area education room, 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach.
- Rachel Carson Reserve 3 p.m. May 17, NOAA Beaufort Laboratory administration building, 101 Pivers Island Road, Beaufort.
- Currituck Banks Reserve 10 a.m. May 18, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, 1160 Village Lane, Corolla.
- Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve 1 p.m. May 22, Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will accept applications in June for potential community members to join the local advisory committees. More information on how to apply will be available in May.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend the spring meeting of the local advisory committee for their site of interest or contact the reserve to serve on advisory committees for Bald Head Woods Reserve, Permuda Island Reserve, Buxton Woods Reserve and Emily and Preyer Buckridge Reserve, which will not be meeting in May.
Local advisory committees the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.
The N.C. 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 44,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast, according to DEQ.