North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Conserving Publications

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N.C. Wildlife Action Plan (2005)The N.C. Wildlife Action Plan is a comprehensive management tool developed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and more than 50 partners to help conserve and enhance the state’s full array of fish and wildlife species and their habitats.Download the publication
Wildlife Action Plan Series of articles (2005)This five-part series, originally published in Wildlife in North Carolina in 2007, discusses the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan and how the plan is being implemented in different regions of the state. The final piece, entitled "A New Cooperation," outlines statewide projects and initiatives.Download this publication
Understanding the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife in North Carolina (2010)This report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of climate change science relevant to the state of North Carolina, the potential vulnerability of wildlife and their habitats, and the options for response through conservation planning, adaptive management, strategies, and actions.Download the publication
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Cover ImageBird Houses and FeedersThis publication contains beautifully illustrated instructions for designing and constructing bird houses and feeders. Also covers improvements you can make to nesting habitats.Download the publication
Cover ImageFertilizing Wildlife Food PlotsThis publication gives recommended procedures for wildlife food plots.Download the publication This publication is from the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.
Cover ImageInviting Reptiles and Amphibians to Your BackyardBy following some easy-to-do suggestions you can improve the quality of your yard for amphibians and reptiles.Download the publication
Cover ImageKeep Bass Alive
A Guidebook For Tournament Anglers & Organizers
In this second edition, our objective remains the same - to provide anglers with information to maximize the survival of bass that are caught and released during tournaments. We have created a guidebook that can do just that. This version of KBA hits the highlights. Anglers and tournament organizers can find more detail in the web version on in Community > Conservation > Keeping Bass Alive.Download the handbook
Cover ImageRecommendations for Conserving Priority Habitats and SpeciesThe intent of this document is to make relevant information readily available to land use planners, natural resources professionals and land managers. The recommendations presented summarize existing studies and pull together information that NCWRC makes available through outreach efforts such as the Green Growth Toolbox. This document will provide consistency and efficiency for NCWRC recommendations. It is not a regulatory document and it is not the intent of this document to impose specific regulations. It is our intention that these recommendations be used to inform conservation, land use, and land management decisions, and it is our hope that it will help NCWRC and our partners to be more effective at protecting and enhancing the public trust wildlife resources of our state.Download the document
Cover ImageTarheel WildlifeA Guide for Managing Wildlife on Private Lands In North CarolinaDownload the publication
Cover ImageUsing Fire to Improve Wildlife HabitatThis booklet explains the importance of fire-maintained habitats and provides recommendations for how to manage these habitats. Information includes when to burn, how to burn, and considerationsDownload the booklet
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Image CoverBirds of Sandy Bush Game LandsThis list contains 153 species of birds observed by NCWRC biologists and Elisha Mitchel Audubon Society members since 2005.Download the Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List
Image CoverEndangered Species In North CarolinaThis booklet provides a list of species designated as North Carolina Endangered, North Carolina Threatened, and North Carolina Special Concern.  Collectively, species listed in these categories are referred to as state-listed species. Federal listing status, as designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is provided where applicable.Download the booklet
Image CoverReptiles and Amphibians in Your BackyardLearn the value of reptile and amphibian populations in the ecosystem and learn how to conserve their habitats.Download the publication
Image CoverUrban Wildlife Fact SheetThis fact sheet developed in 2007 discusses conservation focus, working with local government,  improving citizens' quality of life and how you can help encourage urban wildlife.Download the fact sheet (low resolution)

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Image CoverUpland GazetteStay up-to-date with North Carolina small game issues and wildlife habitat information in the Upland Gazette newsletter!

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Image CoverWildlife Diversity Quarterly Newsletters

Many nongame species, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, snails, mussels, and fish, are common and can be seen or heard in your own backyard. Other nongame animals, such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, were, at one time, considered endangered, but now soar high in the sky, thanks in part to the work conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologists.  The Quarterly Updates will help you stay up-to-date on North Carolina's nongame wildlife.

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Image CoverWildlife in North CarolinaWildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina's wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment we share with them.

Subscribers to this magazine can enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and our state's environment.
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Image CoverConservation Reserve Program (CRP)The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary conservation program for private landowners that targets removing highly erodible cropland from production and improving habitat for declining wildlife species on cropland and pastureland. CRP offers financial and technical assistance for the establishment and management of permanent vegetation to stabilize soil, improve water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants in addressing resource concerns on eligible agricultural and forested land. Common concerns addressed by EQIP include livestock issues, soil quality and stabilization, forest health, and wildlife habitat quality.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverTrout Fishing Partnership OpportunitiesThis brochure discusses trout fishing partnership opportunities for communities in western North Carolina with the N.C. Wildlife Resources CommissionDownload the brochure
Image CoverWetlands Reserve Program (WRP)The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agricultural production. Enrollment options include permanent easements, 30-year easements, and restoration cost-share agreements.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverWildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for private and Tribal land to develop or improve high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance.  Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural lands (e.g., cropland, grassland, pasture), nonindustrial private forestland, and native American land.Download the fact sheet
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The Bird Matrix- Development of a Model for Assessing Forest Structural Needs to Maximize Bird Species Evenness and Vegetative Structural Diversity

ABSTRACT- Vegetative structure is an essential component of ecological diversity. It is often a primary concern for wildlife when determining the suitability of a site for breeding. Structural heterogeneity across a landscape is an important component for insuring a diversity of both habitats and wildlife. Because of the difficulty to adequately assess vegetative structure needs, traditional forest management has focused on the development of specific forest types and age classes with the structure of vegetation often being a secondary concern. Commonly, wildlife management has centered on single species approaches for determining vegetative structural needs, with little consideration of multiple species requirements and interactions at the landscape level. To estimate the various structural class requirements needed by wildlife, we developed a model which categorized multiple bird species by structural classes and elevations used for breeding in Western North Carolina. Using a two method approach, considering both the complete overlap of territories and no overlap of territories, we provide an overview of the proportion of various structural classes ranging from early seral herbaceous areas to closed-canopy forests needed to maximize evenness and promote diversity among multiple bird species. Although the results describe a theoretical forest where bird species evenness is maximized, we believe they allow forest managers to examine trade-offs and implications for various management decisions.

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