Rank (0) Views 593 On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 3:56 PM, 8 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2015) — Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s fire, at least on a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land, there’s usually a prescribed burn — one of the best and most cost-effective methods of managing habitat for wildlife.

A prescribed burn, or an intentional burning of vegetation under strict and specific circumstances, helps restore and maintain wildlife habitat. It is a cost-effective tool that Commission staff uses to create and maintain suitable and ample wildlife habitat in old fields, native grasslands and open-canopy woodlands on game lands throughout the state.

The most common prescribed burns Commission staff conducts are restoration burns and maintenance burns. Restoration burns, as their name implies, are done on fire-dependent habitats that haven’t been burned in years. These habitats include longleaf, shortleaf, pond, table mountain and pitch pine for


Rank (0) Views 364 On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 12:32 PM, 8 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2015) — The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored two N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission employees earlier this month at its annual awards banquet, presented by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

The MADD Hero award was presented to Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland, stationed in Iredell County. A “Heart of MADD” award was presented to Geoff Cantrell, a public information officer based in Raleigh.

“We are honored to work hand in hand with our heroes in law enforcement and dedicated mission partners as we work towards a day of no more victims,” said LaRonda Scott, director of North Carolina MADD.  “I can't thank the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission enough for their efforts.  Scott and Geoff are so deserving.  It was an honor to present them with this award.”

The Hero award honors officers for co


Rank (0) Views 606 On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:30 AM, 9 days ago



CLYDE, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on March 9 in Clyde to seek input on developing a management plan for Cold Mountain Game Land located in Haywood County.

The meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Haywood Community College Auditorium, located at 185 Freelander Drive.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Cold Mountain Game Land for the next 10 years. Cold Mountain Game Land is located southeast of Waynesville near Lake Logan and encompasses more than 3,000 acres.

If the meeting is postponed, it will be rescheduled for March 12 at the same time and location. The Commission will post on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, on March 9 if the meeting is cancelled. The agency also will post a cancellation notice on its Facebook page and Twitter feed if the meeting is cancelled.

“We are encouraging everyo


Rank (0) Views 887 On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:25 AM, 9 days ago



BOLIVIA, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting March 12, at 7 p.m., in Bolivia to seek input in developing a management plan for Columbus County Game Land, Green Swamp Game Land and Juniper Creek Game Land.

The meeting will be held at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Commission-owned portions of Columbus County and Green Swamp game lands, and Juniper Creek Game Land for the next 10 years. 

The Commission-owned portions of Columbus County Game Land, which encompass 8,506 acres, are located in Columbus and Brunswick counties within the floodplain and headwaters of the Waccamaw River. 

The Commission-owned portions of Green Swamp Game Land, which encompass 2,110 acres, are located in Brunswick County adjacent to N.C. 211, wit


Rank (0) Views 561 On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 2:11 PM, 10 days ago



UPDATED FEB. 16 at 2:35 p.m. RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2015) — Due to anticipated inclement weather across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed four public meetings that were scheduled for this week.

The public meetings, with new dates and locations, if applicable, are:


Meeting

Original Date & Time

New Date & Time

Location


Pisgah Game Land Management Plan Public Meeting

2/16

6:30-8:30 p.m.

2/19

6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Foothills Higher Education Center

2128 South Sterling St.

Morganton


Chowan Swamp and Chowan Game Land Management Plan Public Meeting

2/16

7 p.m.

2/24

7 p.m.

Merchant’s Millpond State Park Visitors Center 176 Millpond Road

Gatesville


Proposed Shooting Range on Linville Tract Public Meeting

2/18

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

3/03

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Municipal Auditorium 

401 S. College Street

Morganton


Goose Cree


Rank (0) Views 128 On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 11:23 AM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting a prescribed burn on the following game land across the state.

WHERE: One location:

·         280 acres on the Sandhills Game Land in Moore County

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

WHEN: Feb. 16, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


Rank (0) Views 913 On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 3:33 PM, 13 days ago



MANNS HARBOR (Feb. 13, 2015) – State and local officials gathered at the foot of the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge in Dare County Friday to celebrate the completion of the final phase of the Manns Harbor Boating Access Area project.

This multi-use facility provides both commercial and recreational access to Croatan Sound, as well as green space suitable for picnicking, wildlife viewing and launching canoes and kayaks. The final phase of the project, construction of commercial storage and docking facilities, was completed in September, and reflects many layers of collaboration between state and local agencies.

“The resounding and unique success of this project is a tribute to the dedication of private citizens, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and local and state governments working together with common purpose to ensure that all North Carolinians can access and enjoy our public trust waters,” said Gordon Myers, the N.C. Wildli


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting two prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Two locations:

·         Green Swamp (Pinch Gut tract)  Game Land in Brunswick Co.  (314 acres)

·         Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender Co.  (160 acres)

 

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

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


Rank (0) Views 360 On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 9:57 AM, 13 days ago



ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Tory Hole Boating Access Area on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County after completing renovations yesterday.

The boating access area, which is located at 335 N. Poplar St., in Elizabethtown, provides boaters on the Cape Fear River opportunities to catch American shad and striped bass in the spring and largemouth bass, crappie, blue, flathead and channel catfish, and sunfish year round. GPS coordinates are: 34° 37’ 57” N, 78° 36’ 14” W.

Wildlife Commission staff replaced the boat ramp with a single-lane ramp and an 80-foot floating dock, and constructed a kiosk with information about the river and fishery. Staff paved the parking area, which now has space for seven single vehicles and 17 vehicles with trailers. Two parking spaces are ADA-compliant.

The Commission paid for the renovation of


Rank (0) Views 618 On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 5:16 PM, 14 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) — Guy Crittenden took top honors in the 2015 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition — the first time the Virginia wildlife artist has won the annual competition.   

Crittenden’s vivid portrayal of a pair of black ducks will be featured on the 2015 North Carolina duck stamp. The painting was unveiled on Feb. 5 at the 20th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during a sponsors’ reception at the Turnage Theater.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available July 1 from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store for $145.

While 2015 marks the first time Crittenden has won the North Carolina duck stamp competition, he has taken top honors in other states’ stamp competitions. In 2014, he won the duck stamp competitions in fi


Rank (0) Views 1347 On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 2:48 PM, 14 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 37th year for the popular statewide pre-collegiate shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Teams will compete in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife quiz.

The 2015 schedule:

• March 7, Chatham Wildlife Club near Bear Creek, Chatham County (District 5)

• March 14, Pitt County Wildlife Club near Greenville, Pitt County (District 2)

• March 14, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County (District 3)

• March 21, Lentz Hunter Education Complex near Ellerbe (District 6)

• March 21, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club near Vale, Catawba County (District 8)

• March 21, Po


Rank (0) Views 119 On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 10:09 AM, 14 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting three prescribed burns on the following game lands.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         99 acres on the Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County; Sand Banks tract 5 miles northwest of Eure

·         200 acres on the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County

 ·        118 acres on Holly Shelter Game Land

 

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

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 7

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