• Coastal Sketch: Rep. Rick Catlin

    Rep. Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover, earned notice for bucking his party on environmental issues during his three years in Raleigh but he’s not running again in 2016.

  • Coastal Sketch: Penny Hooper

    Not even a broken leg could keep this long-time activist in Carteret County from standing on one leg to urge her government to oppose offshore drilling.

  • Pelican Award Winner: Patti Fowler

    Patti Fowler will be retiring soon after a career spent protecting coastal waters. The N.C. Coastal Federation gave her its highest award for her tireless efforts over three decades.

  • Two Paths to Saving Hofmann Forest

    Ron Sutherland and Fred Cubbage, an unlikely duo, together led the campaign to keep N.C. State from selling its 79,000-acre Hofmann Forest to developers.

  • Daniel Salazar Juntos

    Intern Brings Science Back Home

    N.C. Coastal Federation intern Daniel Salazar returns to his Columbia High School to share his experiences as an environmental steward with fellow Latinos.

  • Coastal Sketch: The Bird Man of Frisco

    Lou Browning jokes that his hobby of caring for wild animals has gotten out of hand. He is the only federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator on the Outer Banks, one of only two in the northeast part of the coast.

  • The Bear Lady: Her Life and Mysterious Death

    They called Kay Grayson the “Bear Lady” because of her passion for feeding and protecting bears near her home in Tyrrell County. While it appears a bear may have dragged the remains of her body into the woods, the cause of her death remains unknown.

  • Coastal Sketch: Colonel Kevin Landers

    He takes over the command of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District at a time when federal money for dredging the state’s shallow inlets is becoming increasingly harder to come by.

  • Coastal Sketch: Don Ensley

    Meet the first board president of the N.C. Coastal Federation. His passion for community activism led the successful battle against peat mining in Eastern North Carolina.

  • Coastal Sketch: Earl O’Neal

    This writer and historian of Ocracoke Island tells what it was like growing up there as a boy. “What a story,” he says, “if only the live oaks could talk.”