Erin Fleckenstein

In her present position, Erin Fleckenstein oversees the Northeast Regional Office of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the federation’s habitat restoration projects which include wetland, stormwater, hydrologic, oyster and shoreline restoration projects.

She holds a Master’s of Science in marine biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a Bachelor’s of Science in marine and freshwater biology from University of New Hampshire.

Currently, she oversees a landscape scale hydrologic restoration project in Hyde County which is aimed at restoring historic water flows within a 42,500 acre drainage district. This project redirects agricultural waters that would otherwise be pumped to coastal water ways; creating wetland habitat, building resiliency into the landscape, forging unique partnerships between farmers and environmental groups, and developing new water management regimes on large farms in the County. She also coordinates an oyster work group which is a collaborative effort between N.C. state government, ngos, local fishermen, and universities aimed at developing a basinwide restoration plan for oysters in Pamlico Sound; and implements and monitors living shoreline projects in Dare and Hyde Counties,

Prior to working with the federation Erin studied coastal forested wetland systems, bald cypress and Atlantic white cedar swamps, in North Carolina and New Hampshire respectively. In addition, she has held positions with the Seacoast Land Trust in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire.

She lives in Manteo, NC with her husband and two sons. In her free time she enjoys spending time on their family sailboat, at the beach, hiking and practicing yoga.