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Our mission is to identify, protect, and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

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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 Ms. "Mike" Gantt

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Retired)

Southeast Regional Ecosystems and Grants Coordinator, Special Assistant to the Regional Director for Ecosystems, Field Supervisor of Ecological Services 

APNEP Service 1986-1994: Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Policy Committee


Published March 8, 2017

 
 

Ms. “Mike” Gantt is retired from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service after 33 years of service to helping conserve our nation’s fish and wildlife public trust resources.  She served as the Field Supervisor of the Raleigh, NC Ecological Services Office, then became Special Assistant to the Regional Director for Ecosystems, and ultimately served as the Southeast Regional Ecosystems and Grants Coordinator.  In her later years, she was a Coach for the Service’s “Stepping Up to Leadership” Program.  She was also a Charter Member of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University. Today, she devotes her time to her family, gardens and love of watercolor.

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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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Soundings

A fresh take on the region's salty affairs

Sound Science Guiding Conservation of the Albemarle-Pamlico Region

By Misty Buchanan, Director, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
published February 28, 2017

Biologists Laura Robinson and Dale Suiter surveying for rare marsh species. Photo by Misty Buchanan.

North Carolina’s Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) has been exploring the natural areas of the Albemarle-Pamlico region throughout most of its 40-year history. The northeastern corner of North Carolina was one of the first regions to be systematically surveyed by Natural Heritage Program biologists. The first county-wide natural area inventories included Dare, Gates, Hyde, and Tyrrell, and were funded by the Coastal Energy Impact Program. They were conducted between 1981-1983, and during this time the NCNHP pioneered the survey approach used through the inventory program. Information from later surveys was compiled in three large volumes describing the ecology, rare species, and special habitats found in the region. Many of the natural areas have not been revisited since the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) surveys were conducted in the late 1980’s, while others have gone on to become game lands, state parks, and nature preserves.   

Working under the authority of the Nature Preserves Act, the Natural Heritage Program establishes two different types of nature preserves, Dedicated Nature Preserves and Registered Heritage Areas. North Carolina’s 176 Dedicated Nature Preserves are permanent land allocations set aside by state agencies, such as the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Division of Parks and Recreation, and private conservation organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy.  These Dedicated Nature Preserves include some of our state’s most cherished natural areas, such as Grandfather Mountain, The Green Swamp, and Jockey’s Ridge State Park. 

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   Upcoming Events & Meetings

Telling the Story of the N.C. Fisheries Reform Act of 1997: Podcast Preview

March 7, 2017, NCSU, 930 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh. Hosted by NC Sea Grant.

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Conference

March 15-16, 2017, NCSU McKimmon Center, Raleigh.  Hosted by WRRI.

Sound Economic Development: Creating a Rising Economic Tide for the N.C. Coast

March 22-23, 2017, Raleigh.  Hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation

North Carolina's Coastal Conference

April 4-5, 2017, NCSU McKimmon Center and NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, Raleigh.  Hosted by NC Sea Grant.  

APNEP Freshwater Habitat and Fish Passage Action Team Meeting

April 26, 2017, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm, NC Wildlife Resource Commission Office Headquarters (Commission Meeting Room 5th floor) – NCSU Centennial Campus - 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

APNEP Ecological Flows Action Team Meeting

May 9, 2017, 10:30 am-3:00 pm, ECU Greenville Centre, 2200 Charles Blvd, Room 1200

 

 

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