- Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 22:27
- Written by Super User
RALEIGH, N.C. : June 3, 2013 - Strategies for increasing visitor safety during the Independence Day holiday is on the agenda for a June 10 meeting of the Local Advisory Committee for the Masonboro Island component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The committee will meet at 6 p.m. in the Habitat Conference Room of theUNCWCenter for Marine Science,5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane,Wilmington. The meeting is open to the public.
For the past several years, unofficial Fourth of July
parties have left large piles of trash along at least a quarter-mile of the island, and have resulted in a growing number of arrests for underage drinking, fighting, boating violations, accidents and injuries.
As part of ongoing efforts to increase visitor safety during the Fourth of July holiday, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management and the Masonboro Island Local Advisory Committee will discuss new strategies the division hopes to put in place this year to help
preserve the natural integrity of the island and provid e a safe experience for all holiday visitors.
The meeting agenda also includes discussions of summer monitoring programs for species of concern, such as shorebirds and sea turtles, and other recent activities.
The local advisory committee is made up 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.
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.
Source: NC Division of Coastal Management.