Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sound Shore Restoration

On Tuesday six students and their teachers from UNC-Chapel Hill came to Ocracoke to plant salt water grass along the shoreline at Springer's Point.

The students are enrolled in the Environmental Studies program at Chapel Hill, and worked for three hours helping to stabilize the shoreline, and learning first hand about environmental protection and preservation of sensitive coastal ecosystems.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here: 


  1. Anonymous9:47 AM

    They paid the state university system to enroll in a class which requires them to do this for credit. Though Not quite an internship --unpaid-- for an entire semester required for a degree....How does this construct of "forced" volunteering to do something benefiting a community fit in with the fair wage and labor act? If the NPS or the NC state department which is responsible for granting the students permission to plant this material were to recruit volunteers from OI to engage in similar initiatives how many Real estate agents would sign up to help?? Is the State of North carolina sea shore restoration program lacking the monetary resources ? the State of north carolina foots the bill in pensions to thousands of "retired" state workers-- WHAT if retirees had to volunteer on a monthly basis to maintain their "entitlements" Students have to do these things to get a degree . Why I mean how ,could recipients of retirement pensions balk at such a proposal? If it takes a village to raise a child it takes the village to maintain a Village. You reading this find an organization to volunteer at today. You heard me V-O_L-U-N-T-E-E-R your time to benefit your town Today,

  2. Anonymous10:31 AM


    Always appreciate your posts but even more so your unflappable diplomacy in fielding questions and entertaining feedback--of all stripes--here in the comments section.

    It often seems you are guided by the subtitle of this forum--an occasional journal of daily island life--and your commitment to that focus, no matter what, is both admirable and refreshing.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you! Sometimes I just have to lean back and smile. The human species is quite interesting.

  3. Anonymous5:08 PM


    Thanks for answering questions that are sometimes unrelated to your original daily entry. You have answered mine several times..though unrelated to the daily subject. This is just a easy place to make a comment and hope for one of your infirmed answers and insight. An interested reader.

  4. Anonymous5:11 PM

    Thanks also for my misspelled words...these keys are TOO SMALL on this phone!....Enjoy the weekend.