Beginning in 2012, the North Carolina Coastal Federation partnered with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust to restore a portion of the shoreline at the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve on Ocracoke Island. Building a new sill of bagged oyster shells along the eroding edge of the shoreline, maintaining the existing rip-rap structure and adding more native marsh grass allowed the shoreline and marsh to begin to stabilize. We continue to fine-tune the design and to monitor the establishment of the marsh, but so far, the project has proved very successful.
The federation and the land trust hired contractors and local fishermen and volunteers from the local school and other community groups pitched in to get the job done. The partnership will continue to monitor the project and take adaptive management steps, if warranted.
Funding agencies and partners for this project include NCCF, NC Coatal Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program, and Restore America's Estuaries.