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ALEXANDER, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2015) — Pitting insect against insect, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission released predator beetles last month on the Sandy Mush Game Land to combat the devastating effects of the hemlock woolly adelgid on hemlock trees.

Staff released 50 of the small black beetles — a natural predator of the adelgid — as part of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, a cooperative effort launched by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services in March 2014 designed to restore North Carolina’s hemlock trees to long-term health.

The hemlock woolly adelgid is a tiny, aphid-like insect that derives its name from the covering of wool-like wax filaments that it forms as it matures to protect itself and its eggs from natural enemies. A native of Asia, the adelgid has decimated hemlocks across western North Carolina since it was discovered in the state in 1995. The insect settles at the base of a needle and sucks out juices, caus


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting two prescribed burns on the Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County and 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: Jan. 9, 2015

WHERE: Two locations:

·         Sandhills Game Land – 234 acres See map (area in black grid lines)

·         Chowan Swamp Game Land – 38 acres 2 miles southwest of Gatesville


Rank (0) Views 632 On Fri, Jan 09, 2015 8:38 AM, 21 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who provide leadership in the conservation of wildlife diversity in North Carolina. 

The Wildlife Commission will accept nominations through Feb. 10. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Submit nominations by: E-mail to cassandra.marrero@ncwildlife.org Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Cassandra Marrero, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722 Fax to 919-707-0067

In addition to this year’s nominatio


Rank (0) Views 550 On Thu, Jan 08, 2015 2:20 PM, 22 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed repairs scheduled for the Bells Church Fishing pier until Jan. 21-22.

The Commission had planned to close the pier on Jan. 13-14 to replace the pier’s malfunctioning fish attractor lights, but rescheduled due to rain forecasted on those dates.

While the Bells Church fishing pier is closed, anglers can still fish from the bank in the same public fishing area. Anglers also can try their luck at two other public fishing areas on Jordan Lake — Rock Quarry and Weaver Creek — both located in Chatham County.

Locate publicly accessible fishing areas across the state by using the Wildlife Commission’s interactive map. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.

 


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting three prescribed burns on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County, Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County and the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: Jan. 8, 2015

WHERE: Three locations:

·        Suggs Mill Pond Game Land - 105 acres about 5 miles northeast of White Oak in Bladen County

·        Sandhills Game Land – 222 acres See map (area in black grid lines)

·        Stones Creek Game Land – 175 acres about 5 miles west of Surf City


Rank (0) Views 5214 On Wed, Jan 07, 2015 4:41 PM, 23 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2015) — A wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has made the first arrests as a felony offense for removal of Venus flytraps from the wild. Prior to Dec. 1, 2014, Venus flytrap poaching had been a misdemeanor offense.

Wildlife Officer Fred Gorchess had been investigating reports of suspicious activity at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County for several weeks. On Jan. 3, with assistance from Pender County Sheriff’s deputies, he apprehended four men with 970 Venus flytraps in their possession.

Venus flytraps are rare, carnivorous plants that feed on insects and grow in swamps and bogs that can be found on Wildlife Commission game lands in Pender, Brunswick, Onslow and New Hanover counties. The North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy estimates only 35,000 plants remain in the wild, citing poaching as a major threat.

State law N.C.G.S. §14-129.3 elevated Venus flytrap poaching from a misdemeano


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today: one on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County and two on the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond and Scotland counties.

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

WHEN: Jan. 7, 2015

WHERE: Three locations:

·         Suggs Mill Pond Game Land - 284 acres about 5 miles northeast of White Oak in Bladen County

·         Sandhills Game Land – See map (areas in black grid lines)


Rank (0) Views 376 On Tue, Jan 06, 2015 9:30 AM, 24 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today on Roanoke River Game Land in Martin County and the White Oak River Game Land in Onslow County.

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

WHEN: Jan. 6, 2015

WHERE: Two locations:

·         Roanoke River Game Land - 40 acres on the Whitley & Whitaker tract about 2 miles north of Williamston

·         White Oak River Game Land – 50 acres on the Huggins tract about 5 miles south of Stella


Rank (0) Views 541 On Tue, Jan 06, 2015 9:18 AM, 24 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church fishing pier, located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on Jan. 13-14 to replace malfunctioning fish attractor lights on the pier.

Piedmont Region Fishery Supervisor Brian McRae said the current lights are no longer working. The replacement will take place over two days, dependent on weather, and also allows for improvements to the lighting system.

“Pier lights are close to the water and the light attracts bait fish, which in turn, attract crappie and largemouth bass,” McRae said. “Anglers then have great opportunities to catch fish that congregate around the pier.”

A contractor will install 18 new lights — each measuring 4 feet long and emitting a soft, green light. The new high-tech lights, which will turn on and off automatically through dusk-to-dawn photo cells, should last longer and be more energy-efficient than the


Rank (0) Views 1137 On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 2:13 PM, 25 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (January 5, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, January 29th commission meeting notice.
January 29, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1013 On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 1:34 PM, 25 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (January 5, 2015) - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing in January to receive comments on rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina and the designation of the red wolf as a state listed threatened species. The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m:
Jan. 5 at the Columbia High School auditorium, 902 East Main Street, Columbia, for temporary rulemaking.


Raleigh, N.C. (December 30, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, January 7th Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting notice. January 7, 2015 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)

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