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Soundings

A fresh take on the region's salty affairs

Cypress Trees as Sentinels of the Sounds

By: Marcelo Ardón, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.  Published May 19, 2017

 Healthy stands of cypress trees. Image courtesy of G. Gundersen.
 

Bald cypress and pond cypress are two closely related tree species commonly found along the shorelines of our estuaries and rivers. More than 400 years ago, the explorer Thomas Harriott described how Native Americans made their canoes out of cypress trees. It is amazing to think that some of the trees alive back then are still living along our shores. Scientists have found bald cypress trees in North Carolina that are over 1,600 years old, meaning the trees were alive before the Europeans’ arrival. What stories could these trees tell us about the changes they have seen along our shores?

We know that our coast is changing. Erosion is taking a toll on many beaches on the Outer Banks. Tidal records going back to the 1930’s show that high tides are higher now than they used to be. Unfortunately, most of our understanding comes from the Outer Banks or the ocean front; we don’t know as much about what is happening along the shorelines of the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Cypress trees can serve as sentinels of our sounds, if we learn how to read their stories.
 

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Have an idea?

APNEP can help get your environmental initiative off the ground, whether it is related to restoration, science, education, engagement, or policy. The first steps? Take a look at our CCMP and learn about our program, approach, and priorities. Then, contact a staff member to discuss ways that APNEP and its partners can support your efforts.

 
 

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Sound Reflections:
APNEP's 30th Anniversary 2017

Telling the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership Story

The United States Congress designated the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system an "estuary of national significance" in 1987. That same year, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) was among the first of 28 National Estuary Programs established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through amendments to the Clean Water Act. To help commemorate our 30th Anniversary, we are highlighting the history of APNEP by featuring our partners-past and present-throughout 2017. 

 Sound Reflections with Susan West

Journalist, Raising the Story and Coastal Voices
 
Telling the Story of the Fisheries Reform Act
 
The year 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act, far-reaching legislation that changed how fisheries are managed in North Carolina. In this special edition of Sound Reflections, Susan West tells the story of a unique community collaboration featuring the voices offishermen, scientists, environmental advocates, and resource managers instrumental in shaping the most significant fisheries legislation in NC history.  
 
 Dr. B.J. Copeland.  Photo credit: Mary Williford.
 
 The 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History Perspective
 
“I think the most important aspect was the mechanism of developing a fisheries management plan for each of the major species.  Now, that’s not as easy as it sounds, of course, and no species stands on its own,” Dr. B. J. Copeland, retired North Carolina State University professor of Zoology and Marine Sciences, told oral historian Mary Williford last June.
 
Copeland was talking about the 1997 North Carolina Fisheries Reform Act, the most significant fisheries legislation in state history, and the three years of research, meetings, outreach, and negotiation that preceded passage of the act.  In 1994, the General Assembly had approved a moratorium on the sale of new commercial fishing licenses and established a 19-member committee to oversee study of the state's coastal fisheries management process and recommend changes to improve the process. 
 
Altogether, Williford and other oral historians interviewed thirteen people for the 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History Perspective project. Interviewees were fishermen, scientists, resource managers, elected officials, and environmental advocates instrumental in developing and implementing the legislation. 

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Estuaries of National Significance

APNEP is part of the National Estuary Program (NEP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. 

· EPA's National Estuary Program (NEP)

· Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP)

 
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