Rank (0) Views 2639 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:52 PM, 427 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (December 5, 2015)  Download the PDFs below for the December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting agenda and agenda package. 
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda (PDF)
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2788 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:42 PM, 427 days ago

SWAN QUARTER (Dec. 5, 2014) – Tomorrow Cynthia Dohner, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will strengthen a joint commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and its centerpiece Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County, North Carolina. 

The two agencies will announce details of this commitment at 12:30 p.m. Saturday during Swan Days at the Refuge.  It marks the latest action the two agencies have taken in the past 18 months to strengthen their conservation partnership.

The memorandum outlining this joint commitment provides a framework for continued collaboration and cooperation between the Service and the Commission on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s aquatic environment and enhance public access to the lake for a variety of recreational uses.  Earlier this

Rank (0) Views 5307 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 2:34 PM, 427 days ago

HOFFMAN, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2014) — The robust redhorse, a rare fish that occurs in North Carolina only in the Pee Dee River, is getting a boost in population, thanks to a partnership between state and federal wildlife agencies, universities, private industry and the conservation community.

In October, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Duke Energy, released 13,000 robust redhorse, averaging 4 inches in length, into a stretch of the Pee Dee River, just downstream of Blewett Falls Dam in Richmond County.

The stocking effort was the latest step in a long-term conservation plan developed by the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee, which is leading restoration efforts for the imperiled fish.

Once commonly found in the Pee Dee River, robust redhorse are large, long-lived fish in the sucker family. They can reach up to 31 inches in length and weigh up to 18 pounds. Its thick, robust body with rose-color

Rank (0) Views 1340 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 9:04 AM, 427 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (December 5, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Tuesday, December 9th special electronic meeting notice.

December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2176 On Thu, Dec 04, 2014 11:40 AM, 428 days ago

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department to renovate the public fishing access area in Oka T. Hester Park in Guilford County.

After park staff demolished and removed an old fishing pier and associated building, the Wildlife Commission constructed a new pier and concrete sidewalks that connect the pier to the parking lot. The universally accessible pier extends 64 feet into the pond with a 48-foot wide t-section at the end.

Oka T. Hester Park participates in the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, which enhances fishing opportunities in city and county parks statewide through fish stockings and other fishing amenities, such as piers. At Hester Park, Commission staff stocks approximately 5,000 8- to 12-inch channel catfish into the pond annually. In addition to catfish, anglers fishing the pond can expect to catch largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish

Rank (0) Views 2492 On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 2:36 PM, 431 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free introduction to waterfowl hunting seminars this month at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The seminars are scheduled for Dec. 9 and 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with online pre-registration required. The seminars are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited space available. Click here to pre-register.

The Wildlife Commission partnered with the Delta Waterfowl Foundation to design seminars for both new and experienced waterfowl hunters. Chris Williams, senior director of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, will conduct the seminars. Topics include waterfowl identification and biology, hunting methods, decoys and calling, firearms and ammunition selection, specialty clothing, watercraft, water safety, cleaning and cooking birds and how to gain additional hunting information.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is located on

Rank (0) Views 5130 On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 3:27 PM, 438 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2014) — After conducting a series of public meetings to gather input on developing management plans for game lands across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted draft plans for seven game lands on its website for additional public comment. 

The Commission is accepting comments through Jan. 16 for the following game lands:
 Green River, comprising 14,331 acres in Henderson and Polk counties
 Holly Shelter, comprising 64,743 acres in Pender County
 Lower Roanoke River Wetland, comprising 10,077 of state-owned acres in Martin and Bertie counties
 R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell, comprising 17,788 acres in Caswell County
Sandhills, comprising 62,735 acres in Hoke, Moore, Scotland and Richmond counties
 Sandy Mush, comprising  2,767 acres in Buncombe and southern Madison counties
 Suggs Mill, comprising 11,044 acres in Bladen and Cumberland coun

Rank (0) Views 3541 On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 3:13 PM, 438 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other organizations in supporting the proposed management areas unveiled by the U.S. Forest Service for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, located in western North Carolina.

The U.S. Forest Service is revising its Land Management Plan for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, which will guide management activities for the next 10 to 15 years. As part of that  process, the Forest Service has established two management areas, or zones, that encompass approximately 700,000 acres where activities, such as wildlife management, sustainable timber harvests, controlled burns or other measures, can be used to create good habitat for a diversity of wildlife species.

Young forests and brushy areas are in short supply on the national forests and, as a result, many species that need these areas to breed or to obtain food are in decline. These young forest areas are listed as a priori

Rank (0) Views 2402 On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:43 AM, 438 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (November 24, 2014) Download the schedule for the January 2015 Public Hearings for Proposed Changes in Wildlife and Fisheries Management Rules.

January 2015 Public Hearings Schedule (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1313 On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4:52 PM, 441 days ago

Accomplishments and Successes Detailed in Newly Released Anniversary-Edition Report

(Editor’s Note: The following news release is reprinted with permission of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, www.southeastaquatics.net)

NASHVILLE, TN (Nov. 21, 2014) — Shafts of early morning sun filter through forest cover in the Appalachian Highlands. The sunlight catches a glint of swirling line as an angler casts for brook trout in a recently restored stream.

A tiny rush darter finds improved habitat among the riffles and eddies of a restored creek in Winston County, Ala., where excessive sedimentation once placed it in peril of being listed as an endangered species. The creek has one of the last surviving populations of rush darters in the world.

In sunny Florida, a kayaker paddling past a restored spring surprises a manatee drawn to the fresh, free-flowing water, now that the spring has been reconnected to the Hillsborough River.

These are just a fe

Rank (0) Views 3222 On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:46 PM, 441 days ago

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the city of Jacksonville and Onslow County yesterday to host a grand opening of the new Jacksonville Landing Boating Access Area on the New River.

The new boating access area, located at 135 S. Marine Blvd, features three ADA-accessible boat ramps, a canoe-kayak access from a sandy beach, bathroom facilities and a paved boardwalk and sidewalk that connect all site amenities. It replaces the old, single-boat ramp access area across the river, which was closed yesterday.

The site offers abundant parking with 66 trailer spaces — three of which are ADA accessible — and 57 single-vehicle spaces, including three ADA-accessible spaces.

The new site provides access to the New River, which is classified as joint waters at this location. Anglers fishing this section of the river can expect to catch sea trout, flounder and other saltwater species. Upstream of the site

Rank (0) Views 1452 On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:22 PM, 442 days ago

(Editor’s Note: The following news release is reprinted with permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, www.fws.gov)

ATLANTA (Nov. 20, 2014) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a 171-page, peer-reviewed evaluation of its Red Wolf Recovery Program’s non-essential, experimental population in five eastern North Carolina counties.

The evaluation is one action among several that are part of a broad agreement between the Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission put in place in late 2013. Both agencies recognized that some steps were needed to improve management of the non-essential, experimental population in eastern North Carolina, which was established under Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act and is a component of the overall recovery effort for the red wolf.

As the Service indicated in August when it announced a review would be conducted this fall, the evaluation will be used with

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