Rank (0) Views 4967 On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 10:14 AM, 1099 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2011) – Water levels in Rhodes Pond, a popular fishing and boating destination in Cumberland County, are lower than normal because of repairs the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is currently conducting on the pond’s dam and spillway.

The repair work should be completed within the next two weeks. Once the spillway gate is closed, water levels in the pond will slowly rise and the pond should return to normal levels within a few months.

“Completed work not only ensures that the integrity of the structure is sound, but also ensures that public safety is not at risk due to dam failure during a heavy rainfall event,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services.

“Although water levels are down, fishing continues to be good, with both bank and boating anglers reporting nice catches of largemouth bass and sunfish,” said Keith Ashley, a fisheries bi


Rank (0) Views 3265 On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1099 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved proposed changes to the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. Following a process of reviewing public comments received online, by letter and at nine public hearings across the state, the Commission voted on the proposed regulation changes at its Nov. 4 meeting. The proposals presented at the public hearings were adopted by the Commission with a few minor changes, which included:
Clarifying language in rules that define various types of traps and trapping equipment.
In response to public comment, changing the times and adding limited months into a rule that will create a class of roads on game lands that are open only from 5 am to 10 pm during the months of June, July and August. These roads shall be posted with the opening and closing times.
Approving an adjustment to the downstream boundary of the Delayed Harvest portion of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson Cou


Rank (0) Views 3906 On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 9:55 AM, 1099 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2001) -- Routine controlled burning on Holly Shelter Game Land mitigated the damage caused by a recent Pender County wildfire and allowed firefighters to suppress it quicker, foresters with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say.

Regular controlled burning reduces the fuel load – or build up of grass, leaves, pine straw and other forest debris – allowing firefighters to suppress a wildfire much quicker than they would have otherwise.

“When a wildfire does come through, there is a lot less there to burn than there would have been if we had not been doing controlled burning,” said Ken Shughart, a forester with the Commission. “The N.C. Forest Service did have to evacuate some houses, but it would have been much worse had we not been doing the burns. This fire had the potential to burn all the way up to N.C. 17.”

The Wolf Island Wildfire burned 678 acres on Holly Shelter Game Land Feb. 19 in Pe


Rank (0) Views 3313 On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1099 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a statewide goal for management of deer and deer hunting that incorporates biological and non-biological considerations  for evaluating deer season regulation change proposals.

The Commission’s goal will “use science-based decision making and biologically sound management principles to assure long-term viability of deer populations at desirable levels of health, herd composition, and density with regard to land cover type and use, hunter satisfaction, and overall social acceptance.”

The evaluation process, while not a rule change in itself, will guide agency staff in evaluating new deer season regulations. Agency staff will measure each new proposal against a set of biological and non-biological principles before they go before the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and potentially to public hearings. The process is intended to create a consistent mea


Rank (0) Views 3347 On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 12:00 AM, 1099 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2010) – The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, pledging the agency’s support for the management and stewardship of the East Fork Headwaters, an 8,000 acre tract of biologically diverse land in Transylvania County.

During meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, the Commission agreed to manage the land if the Conservation Fund raises the money to purchase it. The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit land protection organization, is under contract to purchase the East Fork Headwaters Tract for $33 million.

“This land is highly desirable for protection and public use, and is truly multipurpose,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission. “The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission supports The Conservation Fund’s effort to effectuate long-term conservation of this valuable resource.”

The East Fork Headwaters tract is the largest


Rank (0) Views 3506 On Fri, May 13, 2011 12:00 AM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Beaufort Boating Access Area on Taylor’s Creek, which is now open to the public.

“This site underwent a major renovation, and we are grateful for partnerships with several other agencies on this project,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We added parking, and replaced the ramps and have added dock space. The restrooms have been refurbished and the site is also fully ADA accessible.”

The road leading to the site has been realigned due to a three-way property swap between the Town of Beaufort, the N.C. Department of Transportation and a developer. In addition, Beaufort provided land for additional parking for boaters.

The renovations were funded through sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License and motorboat registration receipts.

For more infor


Rank (0) Views 3577 On Tue, Apr 05, 2011 3:47 PM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – Just in time for striper season in the “Rockfish Capital of the World,” the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held a ribbon cutting last week on the newly renovated Weldon Boating Access Area.

By mid-April, the site, one of the oldest boat fishing sites in the state, will be packed with hundreds of anglers casting a line for striped bass in the Roanoke River. The Boating Access Area has new courtesy docks and has been expanded from two launch lanes to three.

“Now, fisherman will be able to launch their boats much faster and have more time to fish,” said Town of Weldon Mayor Julia Meacham, during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. “Weldon is proud to be the Rockfish Capital of the World, and we are equally proud of the newly renovated boat access area here at the Roanoke River Landing. The natural beauty of the rocks, the rapids, the water and the joy and pleasure people derive from fishing her


Rank (0) Views 3404 On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 3:44 PM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2011) — With April 18 fast approaching, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding taxpayers to remember wildlife when filling out their North Carolina State Income tax form this year.

By checking line No. 30 on their tax forms and donating a portion of their tax refunds, North Carolina citizens can help conserve the state’s wildlife and their habitats, whether they love to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or watch birds in their own backyards.

Songbirds, fish, bats, salamanders, frogs and turtles all benefit from tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund donations to support the research, conservation and management of animals that are not hunted and fished. Because nongame projects are not funded through state tax money, check-off donations provide the largest and most significant source of funding for these projec


Rank (0) Views 3388 On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 3:42 PM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Federal Point Boating Access area and opened it to the public.

The Federal Point Boating Access Area, off U.S. 421 in Kure Beach, has newly paved parking lots for both trailers and single vehicles, a boardwalk for beach access and concrete sidewalks. Last winter, during the first phase of the renovation, the site received new ramps, floating docks, a new concrete apron, filled basin and new bulkhead, breakwater and a retaining wall.

“These renovations will make access to Buzzard Bay easier and more convenient for boaters who come from across the state to this extremely popular spot,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the partnerships with other agencies that allowed us to make these renovations to Federal Point.”

A large portion of phase one was


Rank (0) Views 3661 On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 3:39 PM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2011) –Renovations to the Snow’s Cut Boating Access Area have been completed, and the popular Carolina Beach site is set to re-open to public this weekend.

The Commission received $500,000 in funding from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License to assist in the improvements. About $400,000 from motorboat registration receipts also went toward the cost.

“When funding like this is available to upgrade such a popular coastal site, the boaters and anglers of North Carolina benefit from the improved access,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are so grateful to receive this grant from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, which allows us to make such a first-class upgrade to Snow’s Cut.”

Improvements to the site include more than 100 feet of additional dock space, plus new make-ready and tie-down lanes. The site al


Rank (0) Views 3315 On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 3:32 PM, 1100 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2011) – Becoming an Outdoors Diva is a free weeklong summer program for young women, ages 12 to 17, at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on July 11-15. The daily camp time is 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Learning to be an outdoors diva means activities like catching and cooking your own fish, shooting a bow and arrow and building a fire the old-fashioned way – no matches allowed.

This is the first year for the program, modeled on Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, an international program of hands-on learning and outdoors experiences sponsored in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

“The program is intended to build self-reliance and confidence, as well as introduce young women to a wide variety of outdoor activities,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, an educator at the center. “At the end of the week, the campers will compete in an ‘Amazing Race’ competition using th


Rank (0) Views 3392 On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 3:29 PM, 1100 days ago



EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (April 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed construction on the Emerald Isle Boating Access Area and is opening the site to the public Friday afternoon, April 15.

The Emerald Isle Boating Access Area, on N.C. 58 between mile markers 17.5 and 18, has four launch lanes, parking for 112 vehicles with trailers and parking for 18 single vehicles. The town eventually plans to construct additional park amenities.

“We are grateful for this partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle that has allowed us to build this coastal region site,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The four launch lanes and ample parking will allow boaters from across the state more convenient access to Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. We are grateful to all the partners that contributed to this project.”

The Wildlife Commission paid for the const

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