Talking with federal and state fisheries managers, policymakers, and representatives from commercial fishing organizations, the author outlines the problems and complexities facing today's commercial fishing industry in North Carolina.
Over the last decade, the Collins family's Somerset Plantation has been revitalized as a center for the interpreting of antebellum southern history. Dorothy Redford, a descendant of Somerset's slave population, helps visitors understand the area's past.
New federal and state administrations assume their positions and begin facing concerns over several state coastal issues, including wetlands, the proposed Oregon Inlet jetties, and shore erosion protection at Fort Fisher.
A controversy is broiling over the Hatteras Lighthouse, the nation's tallest brick beacon, which is imperiled by an eroding shoreline. One side wants to move the lighthouse, the other to leave it and shore up the coast.
Since a 1988 inventory revealed the precarious position of our maritime forests, North Carolina and such private concerns as the Nature Conservancy have made progress in assessing and protecting the remnants; yet hard choices lie ahead.