Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131
Egrits Submission: Pea Island Goes GREEN with new entrance signs
Last year, Pea Island received Visitor Facilities Enhancement monies to replace the refuge entrance signs. Usually, replacing refuge entrance signs is no big deal. But, when the refuge is a barrier island with typical barrier island dynamics, the issues grow. This time, we decided to make the extra effort to get signs that would be visible, effective, durable, and attractive -- -- and green!
The Refuge contracted through GSA with Wilderness Graphics, Inc to design, engineer, and install the new entrance signs. But, the scope of work made the task a bit out-of-the-ordinary for a refuge entrance sign contract. We required signs that were engineered for hurricane-force winds, would withstand the corrosive elements of the barrier island environment, and were made primarily from recycled materials.
And, the results are simply outstanding! The new signs, erected last week, are made from 100% recycled plastics (mostly soda bottles). Because the plank material (tongue and groove 2" X 6" planks) will not hold paint or glue of any sort, lettering became a challenge. Individual letters on the sign are stainless steel, each attached to the "wood" with stainless steel bolts. The sign base is constructed of 12' salt-treated pilings, each sunk into the ground 12-14 feet. The FWS emblems are 24" porcelain enamel.
The signs are 6' X 12' and, for the first time in recent history, provide a visible, attractive welcome to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
New "GREEN" entrance signs for Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and to handle the corrosive barrier island environment.
Photo credit: Bonnie Strawser