Since 1982, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked to protect and restore the coastal water quality and habitats of North Carolina. We engage people from all walks of life, both residents and visitors, who are committed to preserving the North Carolina coast for current and future generations.

The federation delivers educational opportunities, restoration efforts, advocacy and news and information on issues affecting our coast.

We offer a wide range of programs and projects to support the restoration and preservation of healthy waters and habitats along our coast. We hope to not only engage, but to provide opportunities and guidance to partners, communities and individuals who seek to preserve the quality of our coast and strengthen our coastal economies.

Through our daily presence in the General Assembly, we advocate on behalf of the coast. We have a contract lobbyist, Rob Lamme, who works the halls of the legislature, moving our agenda forward.

With your support, the federation continues to make the coast a better place to live, visit, work and play. We engage people from all walks of life, both residents and visitors, to help us protect and restore the coast for current and future generations. This is how we do our work:

Seek Environmental Justice

The federation strives to help people from all walks of life become involved in coastal management decisions that affect their communities. Our programs serve the needs of all coastal communities, regardless of race, color, national origin or socio-economic status.

Learn more about how we’re working to include all coastal residents in our work.

Lead by Example

Thousands of acres of special lands and waters along our coast have been restored and protected by the federation since 1982. We manage some of these properties as laboratories for scientific investigations, classrooms for education, and for public access and recreation.

Read about the land we’re protecting and restoring.

Form Partnerships

The federation informs and unites people, communities, businesses and government agencies to form effective partnerships. We achieve long-lasting results by finding common ground among diverse groups of people, forming unlikely alliances and recruiting nontraditional partners.

Get to know who some of our partners are.

Promote Economic and Environmental Connections

A healthy coastal environment and the economy are intrinsically linked. A productive natural coast supports fisheries, farming, tourism, communities, military training and economic growth. Our work helps create jobs, putting people to work growing oysters, restoring wetlands and improving water quality.

Find out more about how environmental restoration supports the economy.

Incorporate Coastal Resiliency into Our Work

Our coast is experiencing increased shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, saltwater intrusion and stormwater runoff. We strive to head off these effects of climate change by working toward more resilient ways to manage our coast while protecting natural habitats that help sequester and absorb carbon, decrease erosion and restore water quality.

Read about the 2018 Coastal Resilience Initiative.

Advocate

The federation builds public and political support for compatible land and water uses that protect coastal water quality, critical habitat and public access. We seek laws, appropriations, policies and permit decisions that are in the best interest of the North Carolina coast and the communities that depend on it.

Learn more about our advocacy work.

Educate

The federation’s education programs reach students, families and working professionals to establish a bond between people and the coast. Engaging in hands-on education through volunteering at a restoration workday or exploring a marsh helps people grow as coastal stewards and informed decision makers.

Read more about our education programs.

Inform

Coastal Review Online (CRO), a daily, nonprofit news service, covers the environmental news of the North Carolina coast. CRO is a member of the North Carolina Press Association and serves as a public information resource. Written by professional journalists, CRO covers all sides of the issue and meets the highest standards of fairness and accuracy.

Visit Coastal Review Online at coastalreview.org.

Restore and Protect

The federation restores and protects critically important coastal habitats and water quality. We put into action our collaboration, advocacy and education efforts to ensure a clean and healthy coast for all. We coordinate and engage with neighborhoods, local governments, engineers, contractors, landowners and volunteers to complete both small- and large-scale restoration projects.

Learn about how we restore habitats and protect water quality.