Friday, June 13, 2014

July 4th holiday at Masonboro Island reserve

Committee to discuss safety and awareness during July 4th holiday at Masonboro Island reserve



RALEIGH – Masonboro Island on North Carolina’s coast has become a popular destination for people seeking a good time on the Fourth of July.
On June 18, the Local Advisory Committee for the Masonboro Island component of the N.C. National Estuarine Reserve will hold a public meeting to review its plans for public safety and how to promote responsible behavior on the island during the Independence Day celebration.
The committee will meet at 4 p.m. in the Habitat Conference Room of the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane in Wilmington.
The meeting agenda also includes discussions of summer monitoring programs for species of concern, such as shorebirds and sea turtles.
The local advisory committee is made up of local residents, partners and leaders who provide the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding management of the reserve.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.

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