Help is on the Way to Brunswick Town Shoreline
A much-needed shoreline restoration relief project is coming for Historic Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson.
Nearly a year and a half after the devastation of Hurricane Florence, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a $2 million dollar grant to the Historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson site on the Cape Fear River.
This shoreline restoration project will enable the installation of a 1,000-foot-long artificial reef to protect and stabilize the site. Officials expect the reef will minimize future erosion and flooding from storms and commercial ships passing through. Another huge benefit will be the protection of the salt marshes in the area. These marshes provide habitat for many marine species including oysters, crabs, finfish and countless others.
This is a collaborative effort between the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, UNC Wilmington and the Scenic Consulting Group.
“Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson has a long history of being impacted by hurricanes and flooding,” said N.C. Division of State Historic Sites Director Michelle Lanier in a press release. “This project will enable the site to continue serving as a community hub, providing free education, recreation and tourism opportunities that bring revenue to the local economy, while preserving North Carolina’s cultural heritage and promoting biodiversity along the shoreline. We are grateful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for investing in our project.”