MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will conduct an application process to identify potential members for its Local Advisory Committees. Community members are needed for each of the Coastal Reserve’s ten sites: Bird Island Reserve, Bald Head Woods Reserve, Zeke’s Island Reserve, Masonboro Island Reserve, Permuda Island Reserve, Rachel Carson Reserve, Buxton Woods Reserve, Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve, Currituck Banks Reserve, and Emily and Preyer Buckridge Reserve. Local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.
Local advisory committees promote effective communication between the Reserve and the local community and represent a variety of perspectives from communities around the reserve sites. Each committee includes members with knowledge and experience representing relevant topical areas, according to the needs and uses at each site. These topical areas may include education, research, commercial use, recreational use, traditional use such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property ownership, volunteering, and non-profit community organization or interest group.
Community members with knowledge and experience in one or more of the topical areas as related to a site and an interest in serving as a local advisory committee member are encouraged to consider applying. Applications will be available at deq.nc.gov/coastal-reserve-LAC and must be submitted between April 5 and May 5, 2021. Following the application period, selected committee members are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. Local advisory committee members serve five-year terms. Additional information about the role, responsibilities, and functioning of the local advisory committees can be found in the Local Advisory Committee Operating Procedures on the Reserve’s website. Interested parties are also encouraged to attend the spring meeting of the local advisory committee for their site of interest. Meetings will be held April 19-30, 2021 and details can be found on the event calendar.