on Jul 19, 2013 07:57 AM • Views 5558
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

DUBLIN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 24, at 7 p.m., in Dublin to seek input in developing a management plan for Suggs Mill Pond Game Land. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Bladen Community College.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land for the next 10 years. The 11,044-acre game land, which is located in Bladen and Cumberland counties, is one of four game lands in the CURE Program and is managed primarily for early successional habitat. It is a permit-hunt only gameland and some of the most popular game species are deer, turkey and waterfowl, as well as small game species, such as rabbit and squirrel. Suggs Mill Pond Game Land is also a black bear sanctuary, protecting core areas of habitat that encompass the relatively small home ranges of breeding females.

“We are seeking input from all users of Suggs Mill Pond Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and anglers. It is for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding groups, hikers, kayakers and others who have interest in Suggs Mill Pond Game Land. Everyone is encouraged to provide input.”

TheWildlife Commission also is accepting comments and suggestions from people who do not attend the meeting. Submit comments regarding the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land management plan online at “Comment on Game Land Plans.” Comments also can be e-mailed to gamelandplan@ncwildlife.org. Type “Suggs Mill Pond Plan” on the subject line.

TheWildlife Commission will provide updates on development of the new managementplan for the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land on Facebook and Twitter.