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for Coastwatch Vol. Issue , Early Summer 1998
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As new developments build up on Harkers Island, Karen Amspacher works to preserve the island's heritage. She serves as editor of the newsletter THE MAILBOAT, head of the Core Sound Decoy Museum, cookbook compiler, and fundraiser for the new decoy museum building.
An oceanfront home is the desire of many people. However, buyers should weigh the risks of building on sand. Erosion is a constant problem. Hurricanes bring flooding and storm damage. Insurance costs are high, and building codes are strict.
For thousands of years many plants in the Coastal Plain prospered through lightning-caused fires, which burned away surface materials and promoted new growth. As people now occupy these areas, lightning fires are controlled and plant survival is threatened.
At the beginning of the 20th-century, the tiny town of Navassa in Brunswick County was the home of Wilmington's most important industry--guano fertilizer. The Navassa Guano Company was founded in 1869, and the town grew up around it.
In 1916, Mattamuskeet Lodge opened as a pumping station to drain Lake Mattamuskeet. The project failed by 1932. From 1937 to 1974, it was a waterfowl hunting lodge, then shut down until the mid-1990s. Now it is coming to life again as an environmental center.