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Meeting to Focus on Cape Fear Conservation

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — A meeting on the lower Cape Fear River Blueprint that will focus on plans for oyster restoration, mariculture and fishery enhancement in the estuary is set for April 18 in the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, 309 W. Salisbury St.

A part of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s April Southeast Coastal Ambassador training, this is the second in a series of meetings to discuss conservation work in the lower Cape Fear River basin. An orientation for new members starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Registration is required.

The federation is working with stakeholders on this blueprint to establish a roadmap for future conservation work in the estuary.

“The blueprint is a very large conservation effort and we want our Coastal Ambassadors to be as knowledgeable about it as possible,” Jessica Gray, coastal outreach associate for the federation, said in a statement. “Their first meeting on this project was back in February and provided more of a project overview. This meeting will help them better understand some of the specific strategies the federation and partners will take to protect and restore the estuary habitats.”

The Coastal Ambassador program gives volunteers the opportunity to represent the federation at various events around the area. Volunteers must attend five training meetings per year and participate in a minimum of three federation events to be a Coastal Ambassador.

Each month the federation holds a Coastal Ambassador training meeting that is either during the day in the field or an evening program designed to be allow volunteers to socialize with one each other while learning more about the work of the federation and the coastal environment.

For more information on this event or on the Coastal Ambassadors program, contact Gray at jessicag@nccoast.org or 910-509-2838.

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