Rank (0) Views 6986 On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:28 AM, 593 days ago



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2013) — The Fork Farm and Stables (The Fork), a 1,406-acre regional outdoor recreation, working farm and event facility in Stanly County, will now be conserved forever thanks to a donation to Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) by an ownership group led by Jim Cogdell, chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

A permanent conservation easement on 1,353 acres of the property will allow continued recreational uses of The Fork, but will restrict future commercial, industrial development and other activity that could impact the land and wildlife habitat.

This conservation easement will help further conservation goals held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the regulatory agency for fish and wildlife conservation, and administrator of the state Wildlife Action Plan. The Commission also is responsible for enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws, and conducts statewide hunter education programs.

The Fork is an act


Rank (0) Views 3017 On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 8:46 AM, 594 days ago



CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 14,2013) — The prescribed burn on 500 acres at South Mountains in south Burke and Rutherford counties, which had been scheduled for today, has been cancelled due to smokemanagement issues and extremely low humidity.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plan to reschedule the burn for late next week, weather permitting.

The day before the burn, the Commission will issue an alert to local media and post notices on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, Twitter account and Facebook page.


Rank (0) Views 4030 On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 4:05 PM, 594 days ago



CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) — Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service youth program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn on 500 acres in south Burke and Rutherford counties tomorrow if the weather is appropriate.

The prescribed burn, on approximately half on South Mountains State Park and half on South Mountains Game Land, will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires. Although the carefully planned and maintained fire will occur during the open hunting season, the only closure of game land access will be on the CCC Road along the northern boundary with the state park and this closure will only be for the day of the burn.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commiss


Rank (0) Views 4688 On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM, 594 days ago



HOFFMAN, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) – If you build it, they will come. That is what N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists are hoping for after creating a wetland on the Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County.

Staff created the 1/3-acre wetland in early October to provide more suitable habitat for the Carolina gopher frog and other imperiled amphibians.

Gopher frogs, which once were found across the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of North Carolina, are now down to seven known populations in the state because of the destruction and alteration of wetlands and upland longleaf pine habitats. For breeding, gopher frogs require large, isolated, grassy, temporary wetlands that fill and dry seasonally. They also require adjacent large tracts of fire-managed longleaf pine woodlands with plenty of tree stumps that provide burrows and allow the frog to spend much of the non-breeding season below ground. 

The Sandhills Game Land is one of the few place


Rank (0) Views 5981 On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 4:52 PM, 599 days ago



SHELBY, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County Board of Commissioners have formed a partnership to build a public shooting range in the county.

On Thursday, the Wildlife Commission chairman and a Cleveland County commissioner signed a memorandum of agreement to build and maintain a state-of-the-art shooting facility at 250 Fielding Road, just outside of Shelby.

The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  Future expansion could include a sporting clays range.

Under the terms of the partnership, the Wildlife Commission will construct the range site, performing all grading work, as well as work for berms, roads and parking lots. Cleveland County will provide the property, build a training facility and a separate building with restrooms and concessions, and handle all routine mai


Rank (0) Views 2809 On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 4:45 PM, 601 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has released a major update to its Green Growth Toolbox, a tool designed to help growing communities conserve wildlife and habitat, even as communities continue to expand.

The toolbox consists of a handbook, a GIS data package and a website that provide communities with wildlife habitat maps and data, land-use planning and development design methods and examples from other communities that plan for wildlife and natural resource conservation in developing areas.  Planning departments, developers and local governments can participate in training workshops and receive one-on-one technical assistance. The Wildlife Commission provides the Green Growth Toolbox and technical guidance at no cost.

The second edition of the GreenGrowth Toolbox Handbook includes:

·     More detailed information about the amount of habitat that wildlife 


Rank (0) Views 5238 On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 9:10 AM, 601 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.

“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time.

Additional boating safety tips include:
Always wear a life vest.
Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers.
Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
Never move about the boat with a loaded firea


Rank (0) Views 2388 On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 5:36 PM, 603 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (November 4, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the November 6, 2013 committee meeting agendas.

November 6, 2013
Fisheries Committee Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Agenda (PDF)
Land and Use Committee Agenda (PDF)
Committee of the Whole Agenda (PDF)

 


Rank (0) Views 1604 On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 5:17 PM, 603 days ago



Raliegh, N.C. (November 4, 2013) Download the PDF below for the revised November 6, 2013 Notice of the Committee of the Whole Meeting and Closed Session

November 6, 2013 Revised Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

 


Rank (0) Views 4486 On Fri, Nov 01, 2013 2:47 PM, 606 days ago



GOLDSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Cox Ferry Boating Access Areas after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 1048Ferry Bridge Road in Goldsboro, provides access to the Neuse River and is a popular destination for anglers during the spring fishing season. Renovations included replacing the old boat ramp with a new 14-foot wide ramp, installing a floating dock and constructing a paved, handicapped-accessible parking space and accessible path.

Anglers launching their boats from the site can expect to catch shad and striped bass in the spring and sunfish, largemouth bass and crappie throughout the year.

“Because the Neuse River can bes hallow at times, the Cox Ferry Boating Access area is a good site for launching small johnboats and other small watercraft,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services.

The Wildlife


Rank (0) Views 1808 On Fri, Nov 01, 2013 1:00 PM, 606 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (November 1, 2013) Download the November 7, 2013 commission agenda package below.  http:///

November 7, 2013 Commission Agenda Package (PDF - 15.6MB) 


Rank (0) Views 583 On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 4:12 PM, 607 days ago



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Cox Ferry Boating Access Areas after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 1048Ferry Bridge Road in Goldsboro, provides access to the Neuse River and is a popular destination for anglers during the spring fishing season. Renovations included replacing the old boat ramp with a new 14-foot wide ramp, installing a floating dock and constructing a paved, handicapped-accessible parking space and accessible path.

Anglers launching their boats from the site can expect to catch shad and striped bass in the spring and sunfish, largemouth bass and crappie throughout the year.

“Because the Neuse River can be shallow at times, the Cox Ferry Boating Access area is a good site for launching small johnboats and other small watercraft,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services.

The Wildlife Commission paid for the renovation of the a

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