RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2011) –  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is clarifying that the section of Linville River below the Lake James powerhouse from the upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to Muddy Creek is the only section that will not be stocked this year. This area is known locally as “powerhouse” or “Bridgewater.”

The sections of the Linville River in Avery County and the Blue Ridge Parkway will receive stockings this season as planned.

The hatchery-supported section of the river is not being stocked because of continuing work by Duke Energy to repair the dams on Lake James, which has resulted in water levels too low to sustain stockings. Commission biologists will resume stocking the hatchery-supported section starting March 2012. Until then, anglers can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters nearby. These include Henry River in Burke County, Wilson Creek and Yadkin River in Happy Valley in Caldwell County,


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2011) – It’s all in the numbers, when the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education presents “1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – What Dr. Seuss Did Not Teach About Counting Fish (or Wildlife)” at 4 p.m. on April 13.

The free program is part of the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar series, a partnership between faculty and students in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at N.C. State University and the biologists, managers and educators with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Dr. Beth Gardner, an assistant professor in the NCSU Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program, will present a set of case studies demonstrating the difficulty in assessing population demographics and habitat relationships. New advances in capture-recapture and occupancy modeling will be the focus of this presentation, with examples ranging from plant species to carnivores.

The seminar is p


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not stock Balsam Lake in Jackson County with trout this season. The lake was drained by the U.S. Forest Service earlier this year to repair the dam. 

Commission biologists will resume stocking the lake starting March 2012.

Until stockings resume in Balsam Lake, anglers can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters in Jackson County, including Tanasee Lake and Wolf Lake.

Anglers who want to fish other hatchery-supported waters in all 26 western North Carolina counties can download and print color-coded trout maps from the Commission’s website. The North Carolina Trout Fishing Maps book can be purchased from the N.C. Wild Store for $12.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2009):  This year, during National Safe Boating Week (May 16 – 22) and throughout the boating season, remember to practice safe and responsible boating by always wearing your life vest and remaining alert and aware while on the water.

In some circumstances, it is not just smart, it is the law.  

North Carolina requires anyone younger than 13 to wear an appropriate life vest when on a recreational vessel that is underway. Anyone riding a personal watercraft or being towed by one must also wear an appropriate life vest.

Both state and federal regulations require that a Type I, II or III personal flotation device in good condition and of appropriate size be accessible for each person onboard a recreational vessel, including canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other non-motorized craft. (Sailboards, racing shells, rowing sculls, racing canoes and racing kayaks are exempt from this requirement.)

“Accidents can happen quickly an


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2011-2012 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by:
Going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

The 2011-2012 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest will be available at agent


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2011) – Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies will be out in force June 24-26 for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on the detection and enforcement of boating while impaired. A secondary objective is to raise awareness among all boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

This year in North Carolina, Operation Dry Water is incorporated into the state’s “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

“Impaired boat operators pose the same risk for injuries and fatalities as does impaired drivers,” said Maj. Chris Huebner of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the state boating safety coordinator. “No matter what you drive, be responsible. Penalties for boating while impaired can include fines up to $1,000 and jail, but the greater peril is having an accid


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award.

Nominations for this year’s award are due Aug. 1, 2011.

The award is given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Commission meeting and appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat. Past organizational winners included Pee Dee National Wild


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2011) – Anglers headed to the coast for the busy July 4 week should purchase their saltwater fishing license before they leave home to avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/license, is the fastest and easiest way to purchase your license. You can also purchase a license by:
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week;
Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.
Visiting one of the Division of Marine Fisheries offices located along the coast. For locations, visit the agency’s website, www.ncfisheries.net.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years and older to fish r


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2011) – The media is invited to a free Green Growth Workshop being offered to local and county governments in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 24 at Lake Waccamaw State Park, 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw.

The free training workshop consists of morning presentations followed by lunch and a field trip.

The Green Growth Toolbox is a tool for developers, consultants and local and county government land use planning. The toolbox includes wildlife habitat data and details land use planning methods for conserving local fish, wildlife and natural resources important to the community. This project aims to prevent wildlife species from being placed on endangered species lists by providing information and data for proactive approaches to conserving wildlife habitats through land use planning and development design. The Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Coastal Land Trust, Susta


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2011) –  The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to raise gopher frogs from one of the few remaining wild populations. 

Gopher frogs, once common across the lower coastal plain and sandhills have declined dramatically with the loss of Longleaf Pine forests. Gopher frogs require fire-maintained pine forests to provide the stump holes and grassy vegetation that are utilized as summer habitat. Additionally, these forests need to contain isolated temporary wetlands, sometimes referred to as vernal ponds, to provide the winter breeding habitat required by gopher frogs.

Today only a handful of gopher frog populations persist on the larger publicly-managed lands in North Carolina.

One of the most critically threatened populations occurs on Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County. The historic ponds used by breeding gopher frogs have been lost to development, leaving the


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2011) – “Canadas in Pasture,” the 2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on 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, depicting a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture, was painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research an


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – The seventh annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition is underway and open until Sept. 1, 2011.

The magazine partners again with UNC-TV for the popular juried contest, along with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which manages the state’s photogenic state parks, and co-sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Co.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2012 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. Thanks to exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, the winners will also be exhibited at the Museum of Natural Sciences and at other science museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

Photos will be judged in 8 categories, with youth divisions for 12 and younger, and 13 to 17 year olds:

Birds
Mammals
Reptiles and Amphibians
Invertebrates
Wild Landscapes
Youth Photographer, 13-17
Wild Plants (including mushrooms and other

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