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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 23, 2014) Download the PDF below for the May 22, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. May 22, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today in parts of Richmond and Chatham counties.

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

WHEN: April 21.

WHERE: Two locations:

·        100 acres on Jordan Game Land, located in Farrington off of Farrington Road at Jordan Lake.;

·        386 acres on Sandhills Game Land, Gibson Mill Road and Naked Creek Lane in Richmond County

 

CONTACT:

·        Brandon Minor (Jordan Game Land): 919-928-4223

·        Chris Jordan (Richmond County): 910-638-3984


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BREVARD, N.C. (April 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free birdhouse basics workshop at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

The workshop, which is open to participants age 7 and up, will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will build a birdhouse to take home and learn the basics about birds and bird habitat requirements. All tools and materials are provided.

The workshop is limited to 12 families on a first-come, first-serve basis, with one birdhouse allotted per family. Pre-registration is required. Call 828-877-4423 or sign up online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors to the center also can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. T


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a summer boating safety campaign, “Saved by the Zone: The Life Jacket Zone.” Other partners include N.C. State Parks, the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, Safe Kids Wake County and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The boating safety partnership is coordinating “Life Jacket Zone” stencils painted at boat ramps across the state and in southern Virginia, along with boating safety educational events and an online life jacket photo contest. The campaign will urge boaters to wear a life jacket anytime they are on the water. Learn more at www.facebook.com/LifeJacketZoneNC.

The campaign will kick-off with a Triangle Boating Safety Day at Falls Lake on May 3 from 1-3 p.m. Staff from the Corps of Engineers, Wildlife Commission and other boating safety partners will set up interactive displays, giveaways and a free life




LAWRENCEVILLE, N.C. (April 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Greater Uwharrie Conservation  Partnership, is hosting a Nature and History Day at the Lost Town of Lawrenceville in Montgomery County on April 27 from 1-4 p.m.

The free event was scheduled originally for March 29 but was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be held at the Uwharrie Trailhead on Hwy. 24/27 approximately 10 miles west of Troy. Activities for nature enthusiasts of all ages have been planned, including a short hike where natural resource professionals will be stationed along the trail to provide information and answer questions about wildlife, native forest ecosystems, prescribed fires and invasive species.  

The hike is approximately ½ mile long and on fairly level ground, but the trail is not smooth enough for wheelchairs or strollers. For attendees who prefer a longer hike, staff will have Uwharrie Trail maps available at th


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Richmond and Caswell counties.

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

WHEN: April 17.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         108 acres on Sandhills Game Land near Rockingham in Richmond County.;

·         259 acres on Derby Road near Field Trial Area in Richmond County; and

·         347 acres on Caswell Game Land, 1 mile south of Yanceyville off Hwy. 62

 

CONTACT:

·         Chris Jordan (Sandhi




RALEIGH (April 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on April 22 at its headquarters in Raleigh to accept public comments on a proposed temporary rule change authorizing the Commission to establish still hunting zones on game lands. 

Under the proposed rule, the use of dogs for taking deer and bear will be prohibited on portions of game land posted as “Still Hunting Zone.”  This new game land designation will provide an additional mechanism for addressing trespass and safety concerns of adjacent private landowners.

Text of the proposed temporary rule may be viewed on the Office of Administrative Hearings website at http://www.ncoah.com/rules/.

Before the Commission can post a Still Hunting Zone, the proposed rule requires the agency to conduct a public meeting in the area where the game land is located and requires presentation of public comments at an official Commission meeting for fina


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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range on Cold Mountain Game Land in Haywood County April 21-25 for routine maintenance and repairs.

Commission staff annually closes the range for one week each spring to clean the grounds, shore the backstop, grade the shooting lanes, and then seed, fertilize and lime the lanes. Staff also will repair and grade the parking area and entrance road, as well as repair or replace shooting benches as needed. The range is scheduled to reopen on April 26.

The Wildlife Commission does not staff the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range, but it is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No shooting is allowed on Sundays. Shooters are allowed to use pistols, rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders on the range, which features five shooting lanes.

The range does not have an address, but it is located near Waynesville in Haywood County, a


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2014) — The Land Use and Access Committee of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted yesterday to direct staff to coordinate with consultants to repair and improve the dam at Rhodes Pond near Godwin in Cumberland County. The plan was one of three options considered by the committee, which voted unanimously to pursue a course of action that would meet new dam safety requirements imposed after the dam was overtopped during Tropical Storm Andrea in 2013.

The Commission will increase the height of the dam by two feet and replace an existing spillway — a project estimated to cost between $1.5-$2.5 million. The Commission plans to use federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds to pay for 75 percent of the project costs. The 25 percent balance will come from non-federal matching funds. Of the two rejected options, one incurred a cost estimate of almost double and the other involved permanently draining the 461-acre lake, and removin


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Raleigh, N.C. (April 15, 2014) Download the PDF below for the  April 24, 2014 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice. Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

The state-of-the-art shooting range will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement personnel for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  It will feature a 200-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet and trap shotgun ranges and a 3-D archery course. The Commission will begin construction in late summer.

“The Wildlife Commission is grateful to have the


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Halifax, Richmond and Wake Counties.

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

WHEN: April 14.

WHERE: Three locations:
150 acres on Tillery Game Land near community of Tillery in Halifax Co.;
108 acres on Sandhills Game Land near Rockingham in Richmond Co.; and
239 acres on Butner-Falls Game Land near Butner in Wake Co.  

CONTACT:
Andrew Mynatt (Tillery Game Land): 252-536-1372
Chris Jordan (Sandhills Game Land): 910-638-3984
 Brandon Minor (Butner-Falls Game Land): 919-928-4223

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