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Quarterly Meetings Archive

Presentations & Field Trips

* Joint meeting with the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum



October 31, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bald Head Island, NC

  • Talks from BHI Conservancy staff regarding management efforts on the island, coastal issues and a tour of the island's terminal groin.


January 21*, New Hanover County Library: Northeast Regional Branch, Wilmington, NC

  • Role of the NC Longleaf Coalition, Susan Miller, USFWS

  • Coordinating Transportation Planning with Conservation, Dan Thomas, NC DOT

  • Longleaf Pine Interactive Decision Support Tool, Anna Stout, NCFS

  • Longleaf Condition Class Standards, Ryan Bollinger, ORISE Fellow

  • Longleaf Pine Maintenance Condition Class, Rickie White, NatureServe

April 14, Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, NC 

  • North Carolina’s Invasive Plant Species: Projects, Concerns, & Regulations, Dr. Bridget Lassiter, NC DACS

  • Invasive Species Management in the NC State Parks, Jonathan Short, NC State Parks

  • An Update on Invasive Species and Forest Health in Southeast NC, Rob Trickle, NC Forest Service

  • Aquatic Invasive Plants in the Cape Fear Arch Region and An Introduction to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, Rob Emens, NC DENR

  • Marine Invasive Species in North Carolina, Lindsey Staszak, NC DMF

August 4, New Hanover Cooperative Extension, Wilmington, NC

  • Working Forest Fund Efforts, Brian Dangler, The Conservation Fund

  • NC Coastal Land Trust Efforts and Initiatives, Janice Allen, NC Coastal Land Trust

  • Venus Flytrap Monitoring Studies, Roger Shew, UNCW

  • Sabrina Woofter, NC Cooperative Extension Service

  • Cape Fear River Partnership, Dawn York, Fritz Rohde, and Larry Cahoon

November 10, Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle, NC

  • Introduction to CISA & the NIDIS Carolinas DEWS Program, Amanda Brennan, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments

  • Ecological Indicators of Drought in Coastal Ecosystems, Casey Nolan, East Carolina University

  • Development of a Coastal Drought Index, Paul Conrad, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center

  • Assessment of Drought Indicators for Coastal Zone Fire Risk, Ryan Boyles, State Climate Office of NC

  • Understanding Rapid Environmental Change at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, John King, North Carolina State University


February 19*, Pender County Co-Op Extension, Burgaw, NC

  • Conservation in a Changing World, Mary Watzin, College of Natural Resources, NC State University

  • Sustainable Biomass Resources, Morgan Pitts, Enviva

  • FOCUS, Adrienne Cox, Wilmington Cape Fear Council of Governments

  • Kate Dixon, Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail

May 28, Halyburton Park, Wilmington, NC

  • Landscape Level Longleaf Pine Restoration on RMS Managed Lands in the Florida Panhandle, Jimmy Bullock, Resource Management Service

  • International Paper/NFWF Forestlands Steward Initiative, Jim Durham, International Paper

  • NC Headwaters Project and TCF Landscape Conservation, Brian Dangler, The Conservation Fund

  • South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Louise Vaughn: NC Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

August 20, Jones Lake State Park, Elizabethtown, NC

  • Longleaf Pine Habitat Improvements Project, Michelle Lovejoy, NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation, Dick Fowler, NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Fred Cubbage and Jessica Pope, NCSU

  • Law enforcement, Captain Brad Spivey, NCWRC

  • Inland Fisheries, Chad Thomas, NCWRC

  • Wildlife Management, Dr. David Cobb, NCWRC

  • Game Land Management, Chesley Ward, NCWRC

  • Timber Management in the Southern Coastal Plain Ecoregion, Ken Shughart, NCWRC


February 12*, Pender County Co-Op Extension, Burgaw, NC

  • Onslow Bight and Cape Fear Arch Overviews, Hervey McIver and Dan Ryan, TNC

  • Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Request for Proposals, Scott Pohlman and Sara Ward, NC DENR

  • Analysis of Comparative Communities to Future Growth in Eastern NC, Jeffrey Tyndall, Marstal-Day

  • Recovery and Sustainment Program (RASP) Overview, David O’Neill and Suzanne Sessine, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

May 21, St. James Club, St. James, NC

Panel Discussions:

  • What services are Arch Communities looking for from Partner organizations?

  • What are the Conservation Priorities for the Cape Fear Arch Partners and how can communities support them?

  • Community Members Comments & Concerns


August 13, UNCW, Wilmington, NC

  • NE Cape Far River Camera Trapping Project, Mike Giles, NC Coastal Federation

  • Eagles Island and the Eagles island Coalition, Phil Prete, City of Wilmington

  • Heal Our Waterways, Erin Carey, City of Wilmington

  • Impacts and Management of Invasive Species on Turtles by Red Fox, Hope Sutton, NC Coastal Reserve and NERR

  • Exotic Red Algae, Byron Toothman, UNC-Wilmington

November 12, Little River, SC

  • Climate Changes Impacts on Tidal Systems, Dennis Allen, University of SC

  • Understanding Drought in Coastal Ecosystems, Amanda Brennan, University of SC

  • The Venus flytrap Dionae muscipula, Jim Luken, Coastal Carolina University

  • South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative: Overview and Opportunities for Integration, Ken McDermond, SALCC

  • Kayak tour of Little River


May 15, Ft. Fisher Aquarium, Kure Beach, NC

  • Hope Sutton, NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Chris Helms, Superintendent, Carolina Beach State Park

  • Jeff Owen, Park Superintendent, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

  • Laurel Wilt Disease in the Southeast, Rob Trickel, NC Division of Forest Resources Pest Control Branch

  • Michael Fuller, Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point

  • Drought Characterization and Monitoring in the Carolinas, Ahley Brosius, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA), East Carolina University (ECU)

  • Lower Cape Fear Watershed Study of Climate Change Impacts: Surface Water Availability, Burrell Montz, ECU Geography Department

August 28, East Arcadia Campus, Bladen Community College, Riegelwood, NC ​

  • Anadromous Fish of the Cape Fear River, Chip Collier, NC Division of Marine Fisheries

  • Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear River Watch

  • Tour of the Lock and Dam #1 and rock arch rapids construction, hosted by US Army Corps of Engineers

November 27, Jones Lake State Park, Elizabethtown, NC

  • Shane Freeman, Jones Lake State Park

  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Longleaf Pine Management on State Park Lands, Jamie Sasser, NC DENR Division of Parks and Recreation

  • Hans Rohr, Bladen Lake State Forest

  • Pictorial History of Bladen County and Its Ties to the Cape Fear River, Lewis Smith, Bladen County Historical Society

  • Tour of the naval stores exhibit at Turnbull Lakes State Educational, led by Chris Meggs, Ranger, Turnbull Creek State Educational Forest


February 16, Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC

  • Flytrap Cultivation & Conservation, Rebecca Westbrooks, Southeastern Community College

  • Forestry, John Robards, Southeastern Community College

  • Pre-Settlement Vegetation Data, Sara Over, The Nature Conservancy


February 19, Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, NC

  • Proposed Port in Brunswick County, Ken Karn, Cape Fear Audubon

  • Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan: A Blueprint for Action, Ted Wilgis, NC Coastal Federation

  • Aquatic Resources in the Cape Fear and Lumber River Basins, Brena Jones, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

May 19, New Hanover County Co-Op Extension Arboretum, Wilmington, NC

  • NC Longleaf Pine Initiative, Susan Miller, US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Caroline Pryor and Jennifer Fuller, Coastal Water Watch

  • Andrew Goldberg, Dogwood Alliance

  • 2008 Farm Bill Changes, Marilyn Meares, Cape Fear RC&D

August 18, Moore’s Creek National Battlefield, Currie, NC

  • Tyrone Brandyburg, Tim Boyd and James Sutton, National Park Service

  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Jeff Hall, Wildlife Resources Commission

  • Educational Programs, Jameson McDermott, Cape Fear Museum

  • NC Cooperative Extension Programs, Al Hight, NC Cooperative Extension

November 17, Environmental Education Center Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, Conway, NC

  • Accomplishments in 2009 & Future Plans, Craig Sasser, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

  • Waccamaw River Blue Trail, Staci Williams, American Rivers

  • National Wetlands Assessment & Cape Fear Arch Case Study, Rich Sumner, Environmental Protection Agency

  • Mayor Eulis Willis, Vice President of the Gullah Geechee Commission
    Dr. John Haley, UNCW African-American Race Relations
    Michael Allen, National Park Service, Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor

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