The North Carolina barrier islands, a 325-mile-long string of
narrow sand islands that forms the coast of North Carolina, are one
of the most beloved areas to live and visit in the United States.
However, extensive barrier island segments and their associated
wetlands are in jeopardy. In The Battle for North Carolina's
, four experts on coastal dynamics examine issues that
threaten this national treasure.
According to the authors, the North Carolina barrier islands are
not permanent. Rather, they are highly mobile piles of sand that
are impacted by sea-level rise and major storms and hurricanes. Our
present development and management policies for these changing
islands are in direct conflict with their natural dynamics.
Revealing the urgency of the environmental and economic problems
facing coastal North Carolina, this essential book offers a hopeful
vision for the coast's future if we are willing to adapt to the
barriers' ongoing and natural processes. This will require a
radical change in our thinking about development and new approaches
to the way we visit and use the coast. Ultimately, we cannot afford
to lose these unique and valuable islands of opportunity. This book
is an urgent call to protect our coastal resources and preserve our