Rank (0) Views 4445 On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – The 2011-12 N.C. Coastal Boating Guide is now available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The newly designed, free guide features a map of the state’s coastline, along with information about boating safety, museums and parks, boating access areas, recreation, licenses and fishing piers. It also offers a guide to the Town of Oak Island, along with facts on the Intracoastal Waterway and other coastal resources.

For more information on boating in North Carolina or to order a copy of the guide, visit Boating Publications. Guides also can be ordered by calling the Division of Engineering Services at (919) 707-0150.

Rank (0) Views 6189 On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – Delaware artist Richard Clifton’s painting of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture was selected as the 2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The painting, “Canadas in Pasture,” was unveiled at the 16th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Feb. 11.

Representing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Deputy Director Mallory Martin; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Ray White and Mitch St. Clair; former Wildlife Commissioner Arthur Williams and Sen. Stan White, who succeeded Marc Basnight in the N.C. State Legislature earlier this year.

The unveiling of “Canadas in Pasture” marks the first time Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He placed second in last year’s co

Rank (0) Views 4575 On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2011) – A camera mounted above a nest in a pine tree along the shore of Jordan Lake is giving viewers a birds-eye view of a bald eagle couple as they raise their two chicks.

The eagle camera streams constant footage of the eagle family’s activities. Citizen scientists can submit logs of what they observe on camera to N.C. State University, which coordinated the project through its Cooperative Fish and Widlife Research Unit. The Wildlife Resources Commission is one of several partners that on the project. For more information, visit http://www.basic.ncsu.edu/eaglecam/.

Biologists hope that giving people a chance to view the nest – located on the N.C. Widlife Resources Commission’s Jordan Lake Game Lands – from the comfort of their desks at home, school or work will pique interest in this once-endangered species.

The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, through the North Carolina income tax check off, hel

Rank (0) Views 3863 On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2011) – The March 23 program in the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminars at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will examine the effects of forest harvesting on amphibians.

Dr. Jessica Homyack, a wildlife scientist with the Weyerhaeuser Company, will present research from a 15-year field experiment examining the effects of a wide range of oak regeneration practices on terrestrial salamanders.

The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments.

Although researchers consistently detect negative effects of clear-cut harvesting on relative abundances of amphibians, the long-term responses of populations, the mechanisms of declines, and community responses across a range of forestry techniques have not been well-described. Dr. Homyack will also discuss emerging issues related to forest management and biodiversity.

The program is part of an open-to-the-public series in partnership wi

Rank (0) Views 3919 On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled three hearings in early December to gather public input on a proposed rule that would give the agency’s Executive Director the authority to implement an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public.

The proposed rule implements the emergency powers authorized by the General Assembly and written into state statute. It would be effective March 1, if approved by the Wildlife Commissioners at their January business meeting.

The emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with the Governor’s office and the State Veterinarian, as required by statute, and would allow the Commission to quickly regulate public activities in order to contain the disease.

The emergency response plan would be effective for 90 days following the Commission’s determination that a disease

Rank (0) Views 4485 On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a weekend workshop March 25-27, with 26 hands-on topics, ranging from wildlife photography to wilderness survival.

Open to women 18 and older, the workshop will be held at scenic Camp Cheerio, a rustic setting in the mountains of Alleghany County. Cabins are dormitory style with bunk beds, indoor plumbing and hot showers, and can accommodate 8 to 10 women per cabin.

Enrollment is limited to 100 participants, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the workshop is $220 and includes all instruction, program materials, and use of demonstration equipment, plus meals and lodging. Limited scholarships, made possible by the generosity of past participants, are available.

Topics include:
Turkey hunting
Firearm safety
Outdoor cooking
Stream ecology
Wilderness survival
Basic climbing
Pistol, Shotgun,

Rank (0) Views 4594 On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 10:17 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that a white-tailed deer in Maryland has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). As a result, North Carolina taxidermists can no longer accept full heads for mounts from Maryland and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer from Maryland, or the other states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.

States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Michigan and, now, Maryland. It has also been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission tested about 1,400 free-ranging white-tailed deer for CWD in 2009, and no CWD was

Rank (0) Views 5676 On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 10:14 AM, 1233 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 3788 On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1233 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 4535 On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 9:55 AM, 1233 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 3823 On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1233 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 3911 On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 12:00 AM, 1233 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

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