Glenn Blackburn, professor emeritus of history at UVa-Wise, has penned a book about the North Carolina Coastal Federation and its efforts to protect several areas along the coastal region.

“It’s about five big environmental fights on the North Carolina coast in which local citizens partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to fight off a development project,” Blackburn said.

The book, “Saving Great Places,” is available on the federation’s website at

“What got me started on this project was my admiration for a number of people — Todd Miller, Willy and Feather Phillips and Ann Braddy in the peat mine fight; Lena Ritter in the Stump Sound fight; Frank Nesmith and Bill Ducker in the Bird Island campaign; and many others — who did something really important for the North Carolina coast and need to be remembered,” Blackburn said in a federation news release.

According to the federation, the book chronicles efforts of those who sought to protect the environment by stopping a proposed peat mining operation in the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula and efforts to protect Permuda Island in Stump Sound in Onslow County, and Bird Island in Brunswick County. In addition, the book recounts how the federation successfully supported legislation that stopped the development of a landfill proposed for Navassa, a predominately black community near Wilmington, and the successful fight against the building of a coal-fired cement plant in New Hanover County.