Rank (0) Views 80 On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 4:54 PM, 1 day 15 hours ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 24, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, May 21st commission meeting notice. May 21, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: Three locations:

·         R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell in Caswell County – 122 acres, 3.3 miles southeast of Yanceyville: GPS coordinates: 36.3660, -79.2966

 

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 24, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.


Rank (0) Views 488 On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 1:33 PM, 2 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 23, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will kick-off the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference on May 14 at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman.

The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. Participating agencies will highlight the importance of having a designated driver, whether operating a vehicle or vessel.

Many roadway and waterway accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.

The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by the U.S.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 23, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Three locations:

·         Sandy Creek Game Land in Nash County

·         Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County

·         R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell in Caswell County

 

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 23, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission con


Rank (0) Views 840 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 4:09 PM, 3 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would promote wildlife-related recreation and youth involvement in outdoor activities across the state.

Wildlife Commissioners took the action Tuesday in support of House Bill 640, known as the Outdoor Heritage Act.

“This legislation provides a comprehensive blueprint to increase opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s rich outdoor heritage,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission. “With a focus on youth involvement, it’s an investment for the future.”

The resolution cites the importance of provisions in the bill that focus on private property rights, increased access to public land, additional hunting opportunities and promotion of a wide range of outdoor recreation, including horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, hunting, fishing and boating.

These provision


Rank (0) Views 381 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 3:56 PM, 3 days ago



HILLSBOROUGH (April 22, 2015) — The Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force will hold a public information meeting April 29 in Hillsborough to describe a two-year treatment project to combat the invasive plant hydrilla in a section of the Eno River by introducing an EPA-approved herbicide.

The informal, open house-style meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in conference room 230 in the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon St., Hillsborough. Presenters will describe the threat hydrilla poses in the Eno River basin, and experts on the infestation and the treatment project will be available to answer questions at information stations.

Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on the surfaces of rivers, lakes and other waterways. An invasive species from Asia, hydrilla impedes recreational use of waterways, crowds out native vegetation and ultimately can harm fish and other aquatic and bird species. The plant also can clog i


Rank (0) Views 279 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 1:40 PM, 3 days ago



HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Turkey Creek Boating Access Area in Onslow County after completing renovations. 

The boating access area, which is located at 619 Turkey Point Rd. in Holly Ridge, provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway where anglers can catch speckled sea trout, redfish and flounder. GPS coordinates are: 34° 29’ 39” N, 77° 27’ 55” W.

Wildlife Commission staff replaced the original ramps and docks, which were more than 30 years old, with a new two-lane concrete ramp and a 60-foot x 8-foot floating dock. Staff also constructed vinyl walls on each side of the ramp.

Staff plans to pave the parking lot for 11 trailer spaces and two single-vehicle spaces. After the parking lot is paved, the site will be ADA accessible. Staff will begin paving later this year.

The Commission paid for the renovatio


Rank (0) Views 97 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 10:32 AM, 3 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Two locations:

·        Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County 5 miles west of Surf City (175 acres – GPS coordinates: 34.562,   77.477

·        Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County (239 acres – GPS coordinates: -79*39.339  35 03.131)

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 22, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commissio


Rank (0) Views 110 On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 11:41 AM, 4 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·         Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County (424 acres – GPS coordinates: 35.10819  79.6563)

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 21, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.


Rank (0) Views 639 On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM, 8 days ago



DURHAM, N.C. (April 17, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on June 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham.

The hands-on workshop will provide training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction.

“No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “And it’s free, thanks to the Wake County Wildlife Club. Space is limited, however, so I suggest anyone interested sign up as soon as possible.”

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The


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Raleigh, N.C. (April 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Tuesday, April 21st special electronic commission meeting notice.


April 21, 2015 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)


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JEFFERSON, N.C. (April 15, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin repair work this month on a sediment retention pond dam immediately above Trout Lake in Ashe County.

The Commission hired a contracting firm to do the work and authorized work to begin in early April, but heavy rains delayed the start of construction. The contractor expects to have the work completed by the end of April, or earlier, depending on the weather.

Trout Lake, a 2-acre impoundment that receives water from the sediment retention pond undergoing repair work, will remain open to fishing, although anglers might notice some turbidity in the water as the work progresses. Work is expected to take three weeks and Commission staff hopes to have the work completed by the time the lake receives its next stocking of trout in early May.

Staff decided to begin repair work now and not wait until the conclusion of trout fishing season this summer because stabilizing the sediment retentio

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