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Posted by Rick Civelli | 06.01.2010 | WB Surf Camp News

In Memoriam: Ed Brooks

 In Memoriam: Ed Brooks The N.C. Division of Coastal Management staff was tremendously saddened by the recent passing of our friend Ed Brooks, minor permits coordinator in the Wilmington Office. Ed joined the Division of Coastal Management as a field representative in 1987. He came to DCM from the New Hanover County Health Department, where he was the Environmental Health supervisor, because DCM offered him the opportunity to directly impact the management of coastal resources.

 Ed grew up in the North Carolina Piedmont, and moved to Wilmington to attend school at UNC-Wilmington, where he received a degree in environmental science. In a 2008 profile for a DENR publication, he said, “Once I got [to Wilmington], I didn’t want to leave. I loved the coastal lifestyle, and knew I wanted to live on the coast and help protect its resources. I felt, and still feel, a conviction that the work DCM does in conserving coastal resources is very important. That’s why I’ve stayed here so long. “Our mission at DCM is to preserve the public trust and protect the coastal ecosystem,” he continued. “The issues are different now [than when I started], but I have faith that DCM can continue to carry out its mission. Hopefully, the next 20 years will be as successful as the last 20 have been.”

Ed was in many ways the heart of DCM, and he will be greatly missed by all of us. DCM Director Jim Gregson, Brenda McDonald and CRC Chairman Bob Emory. Recognizing his service to North Carolina At the Coastal Resources Commission’s May 2010 meeting, Ed was awarded the CRC’s Eure Gardner Award, along with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Both awards were accepted by Ed’s wife, Brenda, on his behalf.

 The CRC’s Eure-Gardner award is an honor bestowed on those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to protecting the natural, cultural and economic resources of the coastal area. The award is named for Thomas Eure, the first chairman of the CRC, and William Gardner, a long-time member and former chairman of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest honor awarded by the state of North Carolina, and recognizes individual service to the state.

This was published in the Spring 2010 CAMAgram.

Ed was an amazing friend and one of my mentors in life.  Words cannot express how much I will miss him.  Anyone who ever paddles out on a surfboard, swims in the sound, or casts a fishing pole in the waters of NC, should be grateful to Ed for all he accomplished to protect and help conserve our amazing coastal resources.

 Rick Civelli – Founder