The following use requirements shall apply to all of the components of the Reserve:

(1)           The essential natural character of the Reserve shall be maintained.

(2)           Traditional recreational uses within each component shall be allowed to continue as long as the activities do not disrupt the natural integrity of the Reserve or any research or educational projects.  Incompatible traditional uses shall include:

(a)           fishing, hunting, or trapping activities not allowed by state rules;

(b)           target shooting;

(c)           hydraulic clam dredging within Reserve boundaries;

(d)           use of vehicles off designated corridors at components where vehicles are allowed for upland transportation according to the management plan; and

(e)           production of noise disruptive to local wildlife and the aesthetic enjoyment of the Reserve as a natural area.

(3)           No user shall disturb a research project or research equipment in place at the Reserve.

(4)           Camping or any form of habitation, whether on the uplands, wetlands, or waters within Reserve boundaries, shall not be allowed unless written permission is posted by the Division of Coastal Management.

(5)           Personal property not authorized by the management agency may not be placed within the boundaries of the Reserve for more than two consecutive days.

(6)           Users of the Reserve shall not disturb or remove any live animals, except those allowed by local or state hunting and fishing rules as they apply to the Reserve, or vegetation within the Reserve unless such action is part of a research or educational project approved by the management agency.

(7)           Persons wishing to engage in scientific research or collection of natural materials within the Reserve shall first secure written permission from the management agency.

(8)           No activity shall be allowed which might pollute any stream or body of water in the Reserve.  Acts of pollution shall include:

(a)           Deposition of solid materials not indigenous to the local coastal ecosystem; and

(b)           Discharge of liquids other than uncontaminated estuarine water.

(9)           No other acts or uses which are detrimental to the maintenance of the property in its natural condition shall be allowed including, but not limited to, disturbances of the soil, mining, commercial or industrial uses, timber harvesting, ditching and draining, deposition of waste materials.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑10;

Eff. July 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; December 1, 1991; April 1, 1988.