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The Wilmington port-deepening project promises to stimulate global trade. Ports Authority Executive Director Erik Stromberg talks about its economic impact.

And Sharing the Wealth

For nearby communities, the deepening of the harbor and the 37-mile channel to the ocean will yield an important byproduct: beach quality sand. Visit the first two communities to benefit from the project.

PADDLING INTO NATURE: Water Trails Abound in Eastern North Carolina

Join Ann Green on a picturesque ride along the wide, calm waters of the Pamlico River in downtown Washington. Paddlers can plan a vacation along North Carolina’s coastal waterways by using a new trails map.

UNDERWATER EXPLORERS: ECU Students Uncover Edenton Shipwreck

An 18th-century wreck provides an ideal site for teaching graduate students about maritime archaeology. Students have recovered numerous artifacts, including a black Spanish shot used to rip apart a sail.

Cliffs of History

Between the coast and the piedmont lies a place unlike any other. Join Dominique M. Donato on a walk along the Neuse River to the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and learn about the park’s amazing geology.

Recreational Science: Drumming Up Fishery Conservation

A charter boat captain and his fellow researcher endured pests and foul weather to assess post-hooking mortality in red drum. Cynthia Henderson checks in on this research funded by the N.C. Fishery Resource Grant Program.

Land Trusts: Protecting Coastal Resources and Cultural Values

Town Creek on the Lower Cape Fear River is an excellent example of an unspoiled site protected from development. Three years ago, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust launched the initiative to protect the waterway corridor from its headwaters to the Cape Fear.