Rank (0) Views 3909 On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received a $200,000 grant to expand its Green Growth Toolbox, a tool designed to help communities implement habitat-friendly practices into development plans.

The grant will pay for the integration of the Wildlife Action Plan – the Commission’s blueprint for enhancing and conserving the state’s fish and wildlife species and their habitats – and its priorities into local land use planning. The Commission will partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Sustainable Sandhills, and the Land of Sky Regional Council to offer Green Growth Toolbox technical guidance to counties and municipalities in most areas of the state. Currently, the Green Growth Toolbox training is only offered in the Piedmont region.

”We are thrilled to have received this funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society,” said Jacquelyn Wallace, Urban Wildlife Biol

Rank (0) Views 4356 On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2010) – Fish for free in all public waters — including coastal waters — on July 4 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. While everyone, residents and non-residents, can fish in public waters on this date without a license, all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport of fishing.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages recreational fisheries, stocks fish, and provides free access to fishing sites across the state.  And, while many sport fisheries in North Carolina are self-sustaining, the Commission annually stocks a variety of fish in public, inland waters — from trout in the mountains to striped bass in Piedmont reservoirs and channel

Rank (0) Views 4267 On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting boaters, anglers and hikers that Duke Energy is lowering water levels at Tanassee Creek and Wolf Creek lakes to facilitate inspection procedures.

Unexpected rapid increases in water flow, due to water releases, make it unsafe for hikers and anglers to be in areas below the dams.

Additionally, water levels in both lakes were lowered enough to eliminate the use of the lakes’ public boat ramps. Levels are expected to drop even further before the repair work is completed.

Work is expected to take a number of weeks. For status updates, visit Duke Energy’s website, www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/nantahala-lake-levels.asp, or call 800-829-5253 and choose option 5. 

Rank (0) Views 4270 On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese,” the 2010 Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store beginning July 1.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was painted by renowned waterfowl artist Scot Storm of Minnesota.

“Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” was the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print in 2008. Last year, he placed third in North Carolina’s competition.

In addition to his North Carolina honors, Storm has amassed an impressive

Rank (0) Views 4183 On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2010) – “Boat Safe, Boat Sober” is a timely message for this July 4 holiday weekend, expected to be a busy time on waterways. Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal. The maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and possible jail.

“Consider ‘Boat Safe, Boat Sober’ as the same sort of message that ‘Booze It and Lose It’ is for highways,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Last year, 29 percent of fatal boating accidents in North Carolina were alcohol related.”

Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to combat intoxicated and dangerous boaters, indicates impaired operators are a leading threat to public safety in North Carolina. During last weekend’s Operation Dry W

Rank (0) Views 3987 On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2010) – Renovations to the Sunset Harbor Public Boating Access Area have been completed, and the popular Brunswick County site is set to re-open to the public at noon on Friday, July 2.  

The revamped N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission facility, located at 356 Riverview Drive, off Lockwood Folly Road, features a fishing pier, new boat ramps and fixed and floating docks. The improved parking lot also has expanded with more spaces.

The Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, administered by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, paid for additional property to expand the facility, which was the majority of the cost of this project, and some renovations. Vessel registration receipts funded the remainder of the renovations.

The N.C. General Assembly approved the $20 million Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund in 2007 as a way to pay for acquiring waterfront properties or developing facilities to provide or improve wat

Rank (0) Views 4033 On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters to give some pre-season thought to hunting safety, especially for tree stands — the portable, elevated platforms typically used for deer hunting.   It may seem counterintuitive at this time of year, but tree stand safety is important at times other than hunting season.

“Unfortunately, every year there are a number of tree stand accidents with injury before deer season even opens,” said Travis Casper, state assistant hunter education coordinator. “We need hunters to think about and practice tree stand safety all the time, not just during hunting season.”

If you are scouting a location and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season:
Wear a full body safety harness
Maintain three points of contact when climbing
Follow manufacturer instructions
Have an eme

Rank (0) Views 4091 On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug.  10, 2010) – Participants and teams from North Carolina dominated the 25th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in both the senior and junior categories.

Tar Heel competitors took first and third place in both junior and senior individual categories, first place in the junior team category and third place in the senior team category. The silver anniversary event, hosted by the National Rifle Association, was held July 26-30 at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a demanding week-long series of events, featuring shooting competition in .22-caliber rifle and muzzleloader at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course and archery at three dimensional game targets. A non-shooting component consists of orienteering, wildlife identification, a written hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

“With results like this, it is easy to see w

Rank (0) Views 4688 On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM, 1220 days ago

BATH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission kicked off work on a Beaufort County Boating Access Area during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning, Aug 5.

The 6-acre site was donated by PotashCorp-Aurora. When complete, the Boating Access Area will have two boat-launch lanes and 30 parking spaces.

“We are grateful to PCS Phosphate for this generous donation,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “When we receive a donation like this, it allows our operational funds for boating access to go further in providing the public with more opportunities for recreation on North Carolina’s waters.”

The groundbreaking was attended by personnel from Potash Corp-Aurora, along with Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission, Commissioner Mitch St. Clair and North Carolina Rep. Arthur Williams.

“On behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora,

Rank (0) Views 3947 On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1221 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 11, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with the animals.

Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups.

In most cases, citizens that simply see a fox do not need to take any action. However, some action might be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people.  In those scenarios, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal firewor

Rank (0) Views 4096 On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 12:00 AM, 1221 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 12, 2010) – Landowners who own cropland and are interested in improving wildlife habitat can now apply for the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under a time-limited “General” sign-up.

The program provides landowners with financial assistance for wildlife habitat establishment and offers rental payments to offset income lost from reduced agricultural production on their property. A General CRP sign-up is underway for cropland which has been designated as “Highly Erodible” and has an official cropping history for at least four years between 2002 and 2007. 

“This sign-up represents one of the best opportunities to significantly increase early-successional habitat acres across the state, providing habitat for wildlife species that require this specialized successional stage,” said Mark Jones, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Supervising Wildlife Biologist fo

Rank (0) Views 4632 On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 2:28 PM, 1221 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen. “Whereas, the State of North Carolina recognizes that hunters and anglers were the first conservationists, and they support and promote conservation, which benefits all natural resources and habitats, through volunteer efforts and financial support; while their activities are an economic engine that supports upwards of 29,000 jobs and $818 million in paychecks in the state,” the proclamation states. Read the entire proclamation.  

National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by Congress to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit everyone who appreciates wildlife and the outdoors.  

“We need, and conservation needs, young people to be invol

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