NCDOT Distinguished 30-Year Star Award presented to Carol Mowers
By Tom Brueckner Director, # 6156 Life
On September 16th the NC Department of Transportation recognized the NCBBA for its participation in the Adopt-A-Highway Program which began May of 1991 by acknowledging our commitment to preserving the beauty and cleanliness of North Carolina roadsides. The NCDOT awarded us the 30-Year distinguished Star award and two 30-Year stars for our Adopt-A-Highway signs. In the letter to us is stated, “Nearly 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups have adopted approximately 10,000 miles of state-minded roads. Last year approximately 30,000 volunteers from all 100 counties picked up nearly 700,000 pounds of litter. Adopt-A-Highway volunteers save the taxpayers millions of dollars annually in roadside cleanup costs! This success would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of volunteers like you”.
The NCBBA’s A-A-H program proudly covers Highway 12 beginning just south of the Marc Basnight Bridge to ½ mile north of the Coquina Beach Ramp #2 entrance, a 2.5-mile stretch doing both sides of the road. Director Carol Mowers #10999 along with her husband, Dave Mowers #11935 head up the program. You all probably know Carol as our membership and merchandise Director, but she is extremely dedicated to our Adopt-A-Highway program and has managed the AAH program for a number of years. The NCBBA proudly presented the 30-Year Distinguished Star Award to Carol Mowers at our November board meeting for her dedication and hard work.
NCBBA 14th Annual Red Drum Tournament
October 25-28, 2023
New for 2023 - $1000.00 cash prize for judge's tournament within the tournament. Not only will all judges be eligible for standard prizes, but all two-shift judges will be eligible for a judge's only cash prize tourney
Around the clock fun with 60 hours of continuous fishing on the beaches of Hatteras Island.
You will enjoy 60 hours of continuous fishing on the beach of your choice between ramps 23 and 43 making our tournament unique. No assigned stations. If fishing with a team no requirement to fish together. Teams may be comprised of between 3 and 6 members. We had several family teams last year vying to win The Joe Moore Team Challenge.
Spend a week on Hatteras Island in October and you can choose to fish in two tournaments.... including---our 60-hour Red Drum Tournament.
Support our causes while having a blast with family, friends or solo during our 60-hour tournament and surrounding events.
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October 25-28, 2023
Thank you in advance to stepping up to judge the 2023 NCBBA Red Drum Tournament. As you know, without you we would not be able to put on this tournament.
After you have contacted George Mood GMood614@gmail.com and gotten your judge timeslot we need you to take a moment and complete your application, so we are sure we have your correct contact information as well as your shirt size request.
CONFIRMED ONE-SESSION JUDGE:
If you are a confirmed one-session judge, click here. You will be sent to our online site to submit your payment for $65.00 which is the half price fee to fish the tournament.
CONFIRMED TWO-SESSION JUDGE:
If you are a confirmed two-session judge click here and complete the form so we can add you to our official registration list.
If you would like to judge but would like more information about what it involves please contact George Mood GMood614@gmail.com.
Science Committee Report
Al Adam, Vice President # 13459
A much anticipated Science Committee Report has been prepared and presented by The American Ornithological Society Committee on Science Arbitration.
It is a comprehensive report evaluating the past and present management of beach-nesting wildlife species at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. It contains 60 plus pages of data, charts and details about characteristics of various nesting birds and sea turtles, the things that likely influence their results and theories about other things that may influence their results.
Due to its size we have posted printed some of it in this newsletter but we have posted the entire report on our website for your review. Science Committee CAHA-report_final-AOS.pdf
I have only gotten into the first 17 pages of the report thus far and have developed a number of questions related to what I have seen to this point. Those questions, per Superintendent Hallac, may be presented to the authors, of which there are seven and two assistants. Some of my questions thus far are likely the results of my lack of familiarity with certain terms and others are as simple as wishing to know how some of the species target numbers may have been arrived upon. For instance the target for nesting pairs at Cape Point is 30, while the historical high is 15. As a career commissioned employee I was always aware of targets and the importance of keeping them realistic. We always wanted or needed more but kept in mind that goals should not be arbitrary....and I'm not saying these are, I just would like to understand their basis.
I would appreciate it if those of you who are interested who read the report and either solicit the authors for answers to any questions or send your questions to me and I will collect them and submit them in their entirety later this fall. I have little or no doubt that this information will come into play during any future reviews of access and resource protection concerns. One thing that is becoming apparent is that we will be trying to do more with less in many areas as erosion takes its toll on many areas of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.