North River Wetlands Preserve

North River Wetlands Preserve is currently closed to the public while undergoing its final stages of restoration.  The North Carolina Coastal Federation's 6,000-acre restoration project at North River Farms in eastern Carteret County is one of the largest wetland restoration projects in North Carolina and is among the largest project of its kind in the…

Making Environmental Education Accessible

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity In 2015, the federation worked with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity to install low-impact development techniques in its homes. Habitat for Humanity also partnered with the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, Winding River Garden Club, Coastal Garden Club, UNC-Wilmington students and the U.S. Coast Guard. In new and existing homes, these…

Beacon Island Shoreline Restoration: Creating Oyster Habitat While Saving the Brown Pelicans’ Home

Beacon Island in Pamlico Sound is one of only nine remaining nesting sites for brown pelicans in North Carolina. In 2014, the remote 7.5-acre island, owned by Audubon North Carolina, supported 558 nesting pairs of pelicans, about 12 percent of the state’s population. Much like similar sites around the state, the shoreline of Beacon Island is…

Springer’s Point Living Shoreline

Beginning in 2012, the North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to restore a portion of the shoreline at the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve on Ocracoke Island. Building a new sill of bagged oyster shells along the eroding edge of the shoreline, maintaining the existing rip-rap structure and adding more…

Restoring Hydrology and Water Quality in Hyde County

 Mattamuskeet Drainage District The 42,500-acre Mattamuskeet Drainage District (approximately 64 square miles) in Hyde County is one of the largest drainage districts in North Carolina. It has been the focus of wetland and hydrologic restoration efforts for the federation since 2003. A series of projects has been designed and implemented with the primary goal of…