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State Declares June 19 Coastal Reserve Day

State Environmental Secretary Michael Regan, at podium, is joined by, from right, Coastal Reserve Program Director Rebecca Ellin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management Deputy Director Keelin Kuipers and Mayor Rett Newton. Photo: Jenn Allen

BEAUFORT — The sun was shining down Wednesday on the few dozen listening to Michael Regan, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality, speak about the work of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve during the 30th anniversary celebration of the program.

Held at Harborside Park in downtown Beaufort, Regan, was joined by Coastal Reserve Program Director Rebecca Ellin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management Deputy Director Keelin Kuipers and Mayor Rett Newton.

“Because of the foresight of state and local leaders 30 years ago, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 10 sites and 44,000 acres of critical coastal ecosystems and serves the purpose of both science and discovery,” Regan told those gathered at the waterfront park with a view of Rachel Carson Reserve, one of the reserve’s 10 sites.

During the ceremony, Regan presented a proclamation signed by Gov. Roy Cooper to Newton declaring June 19, 2019, as North Carolina Coastal Reserve Day.

The North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve is a program of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, a division of DEQ. The reserve includes 10 sites along the state’s coast established for long-term research, education and stewardship.

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Jennifer Allen

Born and raised in Swansboro, Jennifer Allen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2002 and picked up a second degree from UNC-Charlotte the following year. She joined the staff of the Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City in 2005 and completed her master's at UNC-Wilmington in 2008. Jenn spent nine years writing and editing at the News-Times before joining the staff at the Town of Beaufort in 2014, where she served as public information officer and town clerk. On June 1, 2017, Jenn came aboard as assistant editor for Coastal Review Online. She has also written for Our State Magazine and other regional and statewide publications. She lives in Morehead City with her fiancé and their pups, Z, Gus and Willa.