Boy Scouts, Coastal Land Trust partner to preserve more than 200 acres

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 08:01 PM.

But not all projects in Carteret County have a military connection.

The Camp Sam Hatcher project is a reminder of the diversity of coastal lands worthy of protection.

“Coastal Land Trust gave us the vehicle to protect and preserve this unusual biosystem while still being able to use the property for primitive camping, hiking and nature study,” said Ray Franks, scout executive for East Carolina Council BSA. “Our buildings at Camp Sam Hatcher, next to the land placed in the conservation easement provide convenient facilities for use to partner with Coastal Land Trust and others wanting an indoor education center or camping facilities next to a very special environment.”

Herlevich said they don’t have any specific plans in place, but Coastal Land Trust will be exploring ways to expand environmental and recreational use of the property.

Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetlands Conservation Act and by what is being called “a very generous” private donation from Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury, who are among the nation’s leading conservation philanthropists.  

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