on Mar 24, 2014 08:26 AM • Views 2930
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

HOLLISTER, N.C. (March 24, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting in Hollister on April 10 to seek input in developing a management plan for the Upper Tar Game Land Complex (UTGLC), located in Franklin, Halifax, Nash and Warren counties.  

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Chief W.R. Richardson Tribal Complex, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, located at 39021 Hwy. 561, in Hollister.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the Upper Tar Game Land Complex for the next 10 years. The UTGLC consists of the Brinkleyville, Embro, Sandy Creek and Shocco Creek game lands. These game lands are located between Warrenton, Littleton and Castalia in the Fishing Creek watershed. The Wildlife Commission manages 26 tracts encompassing 19,176 acres on these game lands that are popular among hunters for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. Additionally, the Fishing Creek watershed hosts a large diversity of significant, state and federally listed aquatic species.  

“We are seeking input from all users of the Upper Tar Game Land Complex 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 and others who have interest in the Upper Tar Game Land Complex. Everyone is encouraged to provide input.”

The Wildlife Commission also is accepting comments and suggestions from people who do not attend the meeting. Beginning April 1, comments regarding the Upper Tar Game Land Complex management plan may be submitted online at www.ncwildlife.org.Click on “Comment on Game Land Plans” from the scrolling icons at the bottom of the page. Comments also can be e-mailed to gamelandplan@ncwildlife.org. Type “UTGLC” on the subject line to comment on all four game lands collectively, or type “Brinkleyville,” “Embro,” “Sandy Creek”or “Shocco Creek” to comment on individual game lands. Comments for the UTGLC game lands will be accepted until May 15.

The Wildlife Commission will provide updates on development of the new management plan for the Upper Tar Game Land Complex on Facebook and Twitter.