North Carolina Undeveloped Barrier Island Now Conserved
One of North Carolina’s last privately owned undeveloped barrier islands is now conserved. The 2.5-mile long Hutaff Island, located between Lea Island and Topsail Beach in southern Pender County, serves as nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds. The island also has more than 1,000 acres of tidal marsh and creeks that serve as nursery habitat for fish, shrimp, and crabs. The conservation partnership involves The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Audubon North Carolina and the Hutaff/McEachern family, funded by conservation philanthropist Tim Sweeney.