(a)  Description.  Coastal areas that sustain remnant species are those areas that support native plants or animals determined to be rare or endangered (synonymous with threatened and endangered), within the coastal area.  Such places provide habitats necessary for the survival of existing populations or communities of rare or endangered species within the coastal area.  Determination will be made by the Commission based upon the listing adopted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or the federal government listing; upon written reports or testimony of experts indicating that a species is rare or endangered within the coastal area; and upon consideration of written testimony of local government officials, interest groups, and private land owners.

(b)  Significance.  The continued survival of certain habitats that support native plants and animals in the coastal area is vital for the preservation of our natural heritage and for the protection of natural diversity which is related to biological stability.  These habitats and the species they support provide a valuable educational and scientific resource that cannot be duplicated.

(c)  Management Objective.  To protect unique habitat conditions that are necessary to the continued survival of threatened and endangered native plants and animals and to minimize land use impacts that might jeopardize these conditions.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑107(a),(b); 113A‑113(b)(4)f; 113A‑124;

Eff. September 9, 1977.