|Living Shorelines Workshop and Video
|North Carolina Coastal Reserve (N.C. Division of Coastal Management
|B3.2, C1.3, D1.2
|Living shorelines are an environmentally-friendly alternative to bulkheads and other hardened erosion control structures. They support coastal ecosystem functions and stabilize estuarine shorelines. Funding was provided to the N.C. Coastal Reserve's Coastal Training Program to host realtor and technical professional workshops on living shorelines in the northern part of the Albemarle-Pamlico region. Video of the technical workshop was recorded for use in future outreach activities.
|Twelve Hawks Tract Hardwood Reforestation
|Tar River Land Conservancy
|B1.3, B2.3, D1.1, D1.2
|Support was provided for the Tar River Land Conservancy to replant twelve acres of land along Fishing Creek in Nash County. The project included the planting of several thousand hardwood seedlings, mainly Oak and Hickory. These trees in turn support the wildlife of the area by providing a food source in their acorns and nuts.
|CAMA Land Use Planning Workshop
|NC Coastal Federation
|The N.C. Division of Coastal Management (DCM) , N.C. Coastal Federation, and Business Alliance for A Sound Economy organized a CAMA Land Use Plan workshop in Plymouth. During this interactive day-long session, DCM solicited information about past experiences with the Land Use Planning Program and discussed new opportunities for increased technical assistance to local governments, streamlined plan reviews, and the potential for reduced local planning burdens through improved coordination of state planning requirements. DCM invited local elected, appointed, and staff members from local governments. Other interested parties from the private sector were also encouraged to participate.
|Promoting Responsible Boating Practices and Boater Awareness of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
|NC Wildlife Resources Commission
|$2,151 (CRFL Grant)
|The project was intended to encourage responsible boating practices by highlighting the importance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and offering practical boating tips to help protect seagrass beds. Visually appealing educational signs were strategically placed at 50 boat ramps throughout coastal North Carolina. Careless boating practices are among the major threats to submerged aquatic vegetation in our estuarine waters. Boat propeller damage, anchor damage, and large vessel wakes can cause extensive physical damage to grass beds, making them less suitable as habitat and impairing water quality. This projects attempts to prevent these anthropogenic activities by educating the public, boaters in particular.
|Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Economic Valuation Study
|NC State University Center for Environmental and Resources Economics Policy
|This contract funded an economic analysis of SAV in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary. Building upon a 2016 EPA-sponsored effort to value the ecosystem service of carbon storage and sequestration provided by SAV, this updated and expanded valuation of SAV will investigate the economic relationships of five ecosystem services provided by SAV: water quality improvements, recreational and commercial fisheries habitat, carbon sequestration, waterfowl habitat, and shoreline stabilization. The study’s findings are intended to be used by those who reside or have influence in the APNEP region, such as government agencies, local governments, economists, educators, legislators, researchers, key decision makers and the public.