General Assembly approves Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations

With the November election over, the North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh after Thanksgiving for one, last lame duck session before the new legislature is seated in January. Among other legislation, the General Assembly approved a new round of Hurricane Florence disaster recovery appropriations. Included in this legislation was $250,000 for the NC Department…

Federation provides government recommendations following Hurricane Florence

With North Carolina slowly beginning the process of recovering from Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina General Assembly is scheduled to meet Oct. 15 to approve a multimillion-dollar package of aid to farmers, flooded out homeowners, small businesses and disaster-stricken communities. On Oct. 10, Gov. Roy Cooper released his Hurricane Florence recovery plan, which includes substantial…

Open space conservation funding recently released

For folks interested in conserving and protecting North Carolina’s open spaces, the state’s recently approved budget brought some good news. The new budget includes important increases in open space conservation funding. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund – perhaps the state’s most important funding source for open space protection – received an additional $4 million…

General Assembly support allows crab pot cleanup to expand coastwide for second year

If it’s a new year, it’s time for the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project across the state’s coast. This unique effort employs the state’s commercial fishermen to remove lost crab pots, which improves both the crab and other state fisheries. It also creates work for commercial fishermen during the no-potting…

Oysters and rural economic development in North Carolina

Recently, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper charged Susi Hamilton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with helping lead his administration’s efforts to assist the state’s rural counties. That’s good news for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and its oyster efforts. Hamilton, a former state representative from New Hanover County, has…