People

  • Our Coast’s People: Bland Simpson

    A UNC professor, author, musician and lifelong steward of the coast, Bland Simpson has been actively involved with the North Carolina Coastal Federation for much of its 35-year history.

  • Geodynamics: Mapping Beaches, Inlets

    Coastal processes, such as erosion, accretion and channel migration, can be complex, but a Carteret County firm has technology and tools to make clear what’s happening.

  • John Fussell: Bird Watcher, Bird Defender

    John Fussell turned his childhood fascination with birds into a career, defending and protecting their habitats, and after decades in the field, he still loves his “fine feathered friends.”

  • Bird Island ‘Mayor’ Frank Nesmith Looks Back

    Others now lead tours of the coastal reserve, but Frank Nesmith, 90, the man whose love for Bird Island sparked the effort to spare it from development, still enjoys connecting with kindred spirits.

  • Coastal Sketch: April Clark Strikes A Balance

    April Clark of Swansboro is a business owner and environmental advocate who manages to maintain equilibrium in her efforts to protect natural resources and promote economic growth in a small coastal town.

  • Remembering Lena, Voice of Stump Sound

    Lena Ritter, a lifelong fisherman and unlikely environmental advocate who worked tirelessly to save an Onslow County island and its surrounding waters from development, died Monday. She was 80.

  • Coastal Sketch: Keith Rittmaster

    Keith Rittmaster of Beaufort is amused by his Pelican Award for his work preserving and protecting whales and dolphins. Most of the marine mammals he encounters professionally, he notes, are already dead.

  • Coastal Sketch: Carlton Campbell

    Carlton Campbell of Cary spent much of his life in the quiet of a greenhouse or out in the marshes, slowly revolutionizing the way our salt marshes are restored, protected and preserved.