Bland Simpson’s 35th Anniversary Toast

Bland Simpson, distinguished professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and award-winning musician and writer, delivered a toast to the coast at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2017 Pelican Awards and 35th Anniversary Soundside Soiree on Aug. 5 in Morehead City. Simpson is a member of the federation’s board of directors. North Carolina Coastal Federation 35th Anniversary Toast…

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Campers earn community service hours, explore the natural environment

During the week of July 17, six eighth- through 10th-grade students took on the role of coastal scientists during Service in Science Camp, a weeklong camp hosted in partnership by the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Jennette’s Pier. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Wanchese office, as well as Meredith Fish and Hannah…

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Coastal Ambassador training provides in-depth understanding of federation’s work

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wrightsville Beach office started hosting monthly Coastal Ambassador training sessions this year, and participants have so far learned about salt marsh habitat, living shorelines and stormwater runoff during evening programs and daytime field trips. The Coastal Ambassadors are a special group of volunteers who serve as representatives of the federation…

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Lake Mattamuskeet public meeting set for Aug. 8

SWAN QUARTER — On Aug. 8, the Hyde County community is invited to attend the first of six public meetings to discuss long-term solutions for Lake Mattamuskeet’s watershed, its declining water quality and changing lake levels. Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come together to support…

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‘Not off our coast’ — Gov. Cooper comes out strong against offshore oil and seismic blasting

Today Gov. Roy Cooper announced his opposition to offshore oil drilling and seismic blasting. At an event at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, he said he was proud to stand with organizations, local governments and individuals that galvanized public opposition to offshore oil drilling. During his statement, the governor spoke about North Carolina’s…

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Teachers get lessons on living shorelines on Ocracoke

Teachers from across the state traveled to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) on Ocracoke for a three-day seminar, part of which included hands-on activities with the North Carolina Coastal Federation that were focused on a variety of coastal topics. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Wanchese office, led…

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Ocracoke volunteers, N.C. Coastal Land Trust and federation plant marsh grass at Springer’s Point

This June, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Coastal Land Trust staff, as well as volunteers from Ocracoke, planted Spartina alterniflora marsh grasses to create additional marsh at Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. In total the 14 volunteers planted 1,000 marsh grass plugs in an area of the preserve that has been stabilized with…

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Muddy boots, clean water

This is the second blog post as part of our Dibblers’ Diaries blog, which offers first-person stories from our interns. Summer Rich is a coastal policy and restoration intern.  By Summer Rich As it has just been over a month into our summer internship, the coastal restoration and policy interns have dived into their individual projects.…

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Dare County fifth-grade winners selected from stormwater bookmark contest

The Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District had its eleventh-annual fifth-grade bookmark contest recently, in which students use artwork to show their understanding of conservation work in Dare County. Each year, fifth-graders learn about the importance of conservation of natural resources and environmental stewardship in Dare County. Students illustrate what they have learned, whether that…

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