Contact: Michele Walker, 919-707-8604
N.C. Coastal Reserve accepting applications for membership on local advisory committees
RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will be accepting applications in March for community members to serve on the local advisory committees for its 10 reserve sites.
The committees meet between one and three times a year, and consist of local residents, partners and leaders who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding management of the reserve sites.
Local advisory committee membership represents reserve program areas, partners and user groups in order to provide diverse perspectives on management and planning practices and program implementation at reserve sites. Membership is comprised of community members and organizations, relevant governmental agencies and non-governmental partner organizations. Available committee positions vary for each site. See the attached list for available positions for community members and organizations. Governmental agencies and non-governmental partner organizations appointments will be handled through a separate process.
Interested applicants should obtain a copy of the reserve program’s Local Advisory Committee operating procedures, which outline the roles and responsibilities of members and describe the selection process. The operating procedures document, application, and list of open LAC positions are available online at http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/Resources/-Accepting-Applications-for-LACs/203.aspx. Applicants may also request a copy by calling 252-838-0886. The application period is March 1- 31. Applications should be submitted to the individual site manager. Staff will contact applicants once appointments are made by the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve Program has preserved more than 41,000 acres of maritime forests, marshes and other coastal habitat for education, research and traditional recreational uses. North Carolina has 10 reserve sites, including four sites designated as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The 10 reserve sites are: Currituck Banks, Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, Zeke’s Island, Kitty Hawk Woods, Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge, Buxton Woods, Permuda Island, Bald Head Woods and Bird Island.
The Buckridge, Permuda Island and Bird Island reserves are establishing new local advisory committees this year, joining the existing LACs at the other seven reserves.
Visit www.nccoastalreserve.net to learn more about the reserve program and download the operating procedures and application.