Development Planning For Barrier Island Maritime Forests Public Deposited

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  • Zucchino, Lawrence R.
    • Other Affiliation: Principal Associate, Sunbelt Planning Associates, Raleigh, NC
  • During the last twenty years, the importance of ensuring proper land planning and landscape management on barrier islands has been firmly established. Culminating with the passage and implementation of the North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act of 1974, the overall planning and management process for barrier islands has substantially improved the balance between island development activities and the ability of the barrier island to maintain its essential ecological and geomorphological functions and processes. In the context of current comprehensive planning efforts for barrier islands, maritime forests have become the last major component of the island system which has yet to come under strong regulatory control. Although considerable development in maritime forests has occurred in the past, only recently have researchers come to more fully understand the strategic role that maritime forests play in the overall maintenance of the barrier island ecosystem. Growing recognition of the maritime forest's functional importance coupled with the prospect of increased development activity and a firmly entrenched planning and regulatory framework suggests that management of the maritime forests could prove to be a key planning issue on barrier islands in the 1980s.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 14
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