NCPAF, Inc. Signs Eagles Island Memorandum of Understanding

Until recently, the Eagles Island Coalition has been an association with no governing charter of any type. Nevertheless, this coalition of more than 50 individuals, agencies and groups has been able to acquire nearly 1000 acres of the island and move it into public ownership. Owners include New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District and Town of Leland. NCPAF, Inc. Chairman Mike Marsh has been involved for some time, including the negotiation of the purchase of the large Creech Tract that comprizes about 25 percent of the total public holdings in the northeastern quarant north of US 74-76 and west of US 421, as well as providing biological information for various grants.

Now there is enough interest in Eagles Island that the coalition will be formalized, though by what instrument is not known. It may take the form of a non-profit or other tax exempt entity. To that effect, the coalition has issued a Memorandum of Understanding, which all interested parties must sign in order to have a role in the formal shaping of the Eagles Island Coalition.

North Carolina Public Access Foundation, Inc. has signed the Eagles Island MOU. Chairman Mike Marsh has attended several meetings of the coalition and will now attend those meetings as the representative of NCPAF, Inc. Other board members may also attend.

The island is currently accessible by boats, including kayaks and canoes. The water courses are public trust water up to the high tide mark, which includes most of the coalition-owned properties. Most visitors to the interior are duck hunters, boaters and fishermen. But the coalition encompasses those with interest in all of the island, including the USACE, which operates a dredge spoil management area, various businesses, areas of maritime and rice culture archeologicial significance, and State Ports and NCDOT mitigation operations.

Keeping the island open for historic public access, which includes hunting, fishing and paddling, is the foremost concern of NCPAF, Inc.