Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131
January 19, 2006
FWS Partners with NCDOT in Eastern NC for Refuge Outreach
Riders on any of the ferries in the extensive ferry system in eastern NC will now have an opportunity to learn about all the eastern North Carolina national wildlife refuges, the Kuralt Trail, and Wings Over Water. The NC Department of Transportation, who operates the Ferry Division, has partnered with the FWS to place fiberglass embedment interpretive signs on every ferry in the system and at major terminals, as well.
Refuges in the ecosystem shared the cost of the interpretive panels and NCDOT contributed the manpower and materials to frame and mount each panel.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Bryant commented on the project, "North Carolina probably has the best-run ferry division anywhere in the country. We're so pleased that the NC Department of Transportation agreed to partner with us on this project. It's a win-win for the two agencies. These panels will provide excellent information and entertainmanet for ferry passengers- something to keep them busy on the long ferry rides. And, the more information we can get out to folks about national wildlife refuges, the better for us. Plus, I'm sure that taxpayers are always happy to see cooperation among State and Federal agencies! It stretches those tax dollars to produce a lot more when we partner."