Rank (0) Views 5881 On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 4:52 PM, 1243 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 5, 2011) Download the PDFs below for meeting agendas.

Oct. 13, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) Oct. 13, 2011 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) Oct. 13, 2011 Committee of the Whole Closed Session Meeting Agenda (PDF)   Visit the Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is celebrating 30 years of giving away its “must-have” state fair button – a collector’s item for the thousands of people who visit the agency’s exhibit at the fair each year.

Many people across the state have complete collections of buttons, and sets can even be found for sale online.

The Commission has given away the button since 1981. The button traditionally features native North Carolina species, such as black bear, brook trout and box turtle.  This year’s button features the gopher frog.

The gopher frog was chosen to draw attention to this threatened species, and to demonstrate how Wildlife Commission biologists use science to make management decisions.

The gopher frog, once common across the lower coastal plain and sandhills, has declined dramatically with the loss of longleaf pine forests. The gopher frog r

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt safety campaign is reminding hunters of blaze orange requirements (also known as hunter orange, fluorescent orange or 10-mile cloth).

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap or hat of blaze orange color, or wear an outer garment such as a shirt or game vest in blaze orange that is visible from all sides, when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season. 

The campaign also recommends anyone spending time outdoors in areas that see hunting activity to consider wearing blaze orange. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and studies have proven it increases visibility of the wearer in low light situations.

“Blaze orange signals ‘caution&am

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free, 3-day, Beginning Fly-Tying course at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Oct. 19, 20, and 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about fly-tying tools, materials and basic fly-tying techniques. They will use the techniques they’ve learned to tie six fly patterns, such as the San Juan Worm, Green Weenie, Wooly Worm, Wooly bugger, Foam Beetle and Clouser Minnow.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to select the proper tools and materials needed for tying and create a wide variety of flies.

All tools and materials are provided. The course is limited to the first 20 people, and pre-registration is required by Oct. 18.

To pre-register or for additional information, contact Tom Carpenter, the course instructor at 910-868-5003, ext. 15. The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, in Fayette

Rank (0) Views 6268 On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 10:03 AM, 1243 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today a new, interactive website at ncwildlife.org that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and improved menus. Whether you’re a hunter, angler, boater or just simply enjoy nature, the newly redesigned website will let you quickly access licensing information, game lands maps, boating access areas, public fishing areas and other tools, information and services. We reorganized the content, streamlined navigation and improved menus so you can find what you need, when you need it. “For many, the first stop for information on wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating in North Carolina is this website,” said Gayle Myers, agency webmaster. The new site is designed specifically with your needs in mind, reinforcing our commitment to better communications, information sharing and customer service. To find out more, take a look at the new ncwildlife.org.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2011) – Al Kittredge, a longtime volunteer at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s fishing education center in Fayetteville, has won the Wildlife Volunteer of the Year award from the N.C. Wildlife Federation. 

The award, given by the Federation as part of its prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, will be presented to Kittredge on Aug. 27 during the Federation’s annual banquet, which will be held in Durham at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Since 2001, Kittredge has worked as a volunteer fishing instructor at the Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, where he has been instrumental in helping Commission staff recruit, train and coordinate more than 45 volunteers to conduct fishing outreach and education at the center.

He serves as the liaison between the Commission and Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion, coordinating numerous &ldquo

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on Lake Lindley in Country Park.

The floating, T-shaped pier features an 8-foot wide walkway and extends 91 feet into the water, ending with an 11’ x 48’ platform. The pier also features three benches and incorporates seven low handrail sections to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast their lines.

To enhance fishing opportunities on the 6-acre lake, Commission staff installed a floating, solar-powered fish feeder within casting distance of the new pier. They also stock catchable-sized channel catfish every month from April through September to supplement existing bass and sunfish fishery.

The fishing pier, floating fish feeder and channel catfish stockings are features of the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, a

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RALEIGH, N.C. (September 27, 2011) – Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Sandhills Game Land Management Team have been presented the first ever Division of Wildlife Management Prescribed Burning Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council.

The award was given by the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management to honor the Sandhills Crew’s contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool. Crew members include Bill Parsons, Chris Jordon, Lee Criscoe, Rupert Medford, Jake Marquess, Brian Smith, Michael Huffman, Brady Beck, Lincoln Sadler, Doug Dawkins, Jimmy Richardson, Dakota Hunter and Justin Tuttle.

Through prescribed fire, the crew have improved and helped restore the habitat of numerous species of ground nesting birds, fox squirrels, rare amphibians and reptiles, as well as plants and habitats. In many cases, each species requires

Rank (0) Views 9693 On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1251 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been recognized as an agency of the year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

The honor, for achievements in 2008, was presented during a biennium MADD Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Awards of Excellence banquet held Jan. 22 in Raleigh. The award goes to a law enforcement agency that has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovative and creative techniques in the detection and deterrence of impaired driving.

“In this case, that driving was on the water,” said Lori Brown, development officer with the North Carolina office of MADD. “Law enforcement is the first line of defense, and the role of Wildlife Resources Commission officers in both enforcement and instruction is exemplary.”

Sgt. Reggie Barker of Chatham County, Master Officer Allen Carlisle of Catawba County, Lt. Todd Radabaugh of Pender County, Sgt. Brad Stoop of Bertie County an

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2010) — Check line No. 29 on your North Carolina state income tax form this tax season and help conserve sea turtles, freshwater mussels and fish, songbirds, amphibians, and other nongame species whose conservation is not supported by hunting and fishing license sales and excise taxes. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund to support nongame wildlife research, conservation and management, such as monitoring the population of Bachman’s sparrows and bald eagles, managing habitat to benefit ephemeral pool-breeding amphibians like gopher frogs and mole salamanders, conducting research and surveys for rare fishes and freshwater mussels, and developing the North Carolina Birding Trail. 

Tax check-off donations are the largest and most significant source of state funding for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program and are used to match f

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of fire to wildlife and plants during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week. Agency representatives are participating in several educational events, including a seminar at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, titled “Fire on the Mountain.”

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared February 7 to 13 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the first state-wide recognition of prescribed fire in North Carolina.

“Prescribed fire is an important tool for forestry and wildlife habitat management,” said N.C. Prescribed Fire Council Chairman Dean Simon, a wildlife forester with the Commission.  “Many plants and animals need prescribed fire to survive and thrive. Prescribed burns also reduce the threat of large, dangerous wildfires by reducing fuels. The governor’s proclamation underlines the importance of prescri

Rank (0) Views 4552 On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1251 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese” by Minnesota native Scot Storm was selected as the 2010 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was unveiled at the 15th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships at the Washington Civic Center in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Friday.

Representing the Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Director Gordon Myers; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Durwood Laughinghouse and Mitch St. Clair; and former Wildlife Commissioner and N.C. Representative Arthur Williams.

The unveiling of “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” wa

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