North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee

Mission Statement and Purpose

Per G.S. 113-335, the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC or Committee) is to be “composed of knowledgeable and representative citizens of North Carolina whose responsibility shall be to advise the Commission on matters related to conservation of nongame wildlife species in the state”. Additionally, the powers and duties of the NWAC are listed in G.S. 113-336. The NWAC was established through resolution by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC or Commission) on July 14, 1986. This resolution was revised and reaffirmed in 2014 by vote of the Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Commission Committee (HNGES). WRC’s resolution enumerates several functions of the NWAC.

The NWAC has no rule-making authority but is regularly requested to provide input and recommendations to the WRC regarding the conservation of nongame wildlife species and their habitats. Authority for enacting rules regarding protected animals or other matters rests with the WRC, pursuant to provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act (G.S. 150B). Furthermore, the NWAC promotes collaboration between WRC and the academic community.

Membership Seats

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John Crutchfield
Duke Energy

Chair

 

Expert Affiliate

2019
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Jared Gray
N.C. Department of Transportation

 

 

Government Affiliate

2018
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Dr. David Webster
UNC-Wilmington
Dept. of Biology and Marine Biology

EXE at-large

Expert Affiliate

2017
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Jeff Beane
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources

 

Government Affiliate

2019
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Dr. Karen Beck
N.C. Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services

 

Government Affiliate

2019
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J. Edward Corey III
N.C. State Parks

 

Expert Affiliate

2018
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Dr. Elizabeth Kalies
The Nature Conservancy

 

Conservation NGO Affiliate

2018
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Dr. Wilson Laney
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Fisheries/ Ecological Services

 

Government Affiliate

2017
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Travis Morehead
LandTrust for Central NC

 

LandTrust Affiliate

2019
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James R. Pendergrass
Dan Nicholas County Park

 

Stakeholder At-large Affiliate

2018
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Judith Ratcliffe
NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources

 

Government Affiliate

2017
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Lane Sauls, Jr.
Ecological Engineering LLP

 

Industry Affiliate

2018
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Ann Somers
UNC-Greensboro

 

Expert Affiliate

2017
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Dr. Liz Rutledge
North Carolina Wildlife Federation

 

At-large Affiliate

2020
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Dr. Joe Poston
Catawba College

 

At-large Affiliate

2020