Call of the Wild

Benefits of an Outdoor Summer Camp Summer is right around the corner and while kids from coast to coast are looking forward to a much needed break from academics and early morning routines, parents are fraught with how to keep their kids from spending the summer in front of an electronic gadget. An outdoor, nature-filled…

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Todd Miller Receives “Academy Award” for the Ocean

Todd Miller, founder and executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, was named Thursday a “Hero of the Seas” as part of the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding leaders who help preserve our oceans and support the coastal communities that rely on a beautiful and productive coast. Wendy Benchley co-founded…

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North Topsail Beach Project Nears Permit Limit

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH UPDATE, MAY 8, 2015 On April 29th the Corps of Engineers approved the extension request by the town contingent upon compliance with the terms of the biological opinion issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The town also received approval from the Division of Coastal Management for the permit extension. The…

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Every Day Should Be Earth Day

Spring is known as “Outreach Season” for most environmental educators. With the observance of Earth Day on April 22, many organizations and venues feature science themed events all month long, including a statewide N.C. Science Festival from April 10-26, 2015. This multi-day celebration is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, with a variety…

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Ohio State students move limbs and debris at Jones Island.

Pirates and Buckeyes Clean Up the Coast

During the weeks of March 9 and March 16 two Alternative Spring Break groups visited our headquarters office to complete service projects. These students selflessly choose to dedicate their time off from classes to volunteer on the coast. The Pirates of East Carolina University helped us complete several projects. They moved oyster shell bags for…

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Coastal Development Projects Receive Stewardship Award

On Thursday, February 19, the federation and other members of the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition recognized development projects in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties for their environmental stewardship at the 2015 Annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards Luncheon. Civic leaders, development professionals, planners and community members gathered at the Terraces on…

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Fixing the Coast is Good for Economy

The benefits of restoring North Carolina’s coastline extend beyond the state’s environment, infusing millions of dollars into local economies, according to a recent report that will be unveiled in Raleigh on Tuesday. Coastal Restoration and Community Economic Development in North Carolina, a study of RTI International, examined the economic effects on local economies of four…

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Hatteras Island Oyster Roast

The second annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast that took place Saturday, February 21, was a huge success! Over 300 people attended the event, including many Dare County Commissioners. Everyone was thankful for a clearing in the weather and enjoyed all the festivities on the waterfront at Oden’s Dock.

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Fall Birding Cruises Take Flight

Our autumn birding cruises are in full swing this season at Hammocks Beach State Park. Fall marks the time of year when many coastal birds are migrating south for the winter. Aboard the cruise, local birding expert Jo Anne Powell teaches passengers about this migration and about the birds they see while meandering through estuaries…

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Haley watering plants

High School Students Lend a Helping Hand

This autumn several high school students are assisting with restoration and education projects along our central coast. The federation is privileged to have volunteers from Croatan High in Carteret County, Havelock High in Craven County, and the Timber Ridge Treatment Center in Gold Hill, NC. Together, we are protecting coastal lands and waters. On a…

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