Commission Closes on Purchase of Two Coastal Boating Area Sites

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased two coastal sites for Boating Access Areas, thanks to grant money from the Waterfront Access Marine Industry Fund. The Sneads Ferry site, at 302 Fulcher Landing Loop in Sneads Ferry, has an existing ramp that has been opened to the public. It will be renovated to include new docks, ramps, and parking lot. Design of the Hampstead site — off Route 17 in Pender County — has begun and should be completed in 18 months. The site, when completed, will include new docks, three new launch lanes, a parking lot and bulkhead. “The funding for these sites, made possible through the leadership of the General Assembly, is allowing us to acquire and protect waterfront land for public use,” said Erik Christofferson, head of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “As a result, boaters in North Carolina will have greater access
Monday, April 19, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10206)/Comments (0)/

Commission Schedules Public Meeting About Jordan Game Land

Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to convert 86 acres of Jordan Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of the new Chatham County Northeast District Park, planned for construction off of Big Woods Road near Jordan Lake.  The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 2 in Building 2, Multipurpose Room of Central Carolina Community College, located at 764 West Street in Pittsboro (approximately 1 mile west of the traffic circle on U.S. 64 Business West).  For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org. ................................................................................... About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicat
Sunday, April 18, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10533)/Comments (0)/

Commission Schedules Public Meeting About Person County Game Land

Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to remove 282 acres of archery-only area immediately west of the Hyco Power Plant on Hyco Game Land in Person County, and add 288 acres of new archery-only area in the same general vicinity.  The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 26 in the W.H. Barker Community Building at Hyco Lake Park. To get there, take Kelly Brewer Road (SR1313) south off of N.C. 57; after approximately 0.65 miles, turn right on Pointer Road; turn left toward the boat ramps and continue around; then, turn left toward campground, the Community Building is on the left.  For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the Commission’s interactive map at www.ncwildlife.org/. .......................................................................
Sunday, April 18, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9350)/Comments (0)/

Congressman Larry Kissell Visits State Fish Hatchery

HOFFMAN, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell toured the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery located in Richmond County on April 8, and talked with N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel about the important role the fish hatchery plays in helping the Commission achieve its fisheries management goals. The McKinney Lake hatchery is the primary source of channel catfish for the Commission’s popular Community Fishing Program. Congressman Kissell is sponsoring legislation that would transfer ownership of the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the State of North Carolina. This no-cost transfer of property would help the Commission to continue to provide quality fishing opportunities for urban anglers. The Commission has operated the warmwater fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement since 1996 and produced approximately 150,000 harvestable size (8-12 inches) channel catfish to provide angling opport
Thursday, April 15, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9802)/Comments (0)/

Free Loaner Rods and Reels Available at Lake Benson

GARNER, N.C. (April 15, 2010) – Garner residents who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can now fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Garner Parks and Recreation Department. Lake Benson, located at 975 Buffaloe Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program works like a library. Anglers register at the Lake Benson boathouse from Thursday through Sunday to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form.  After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participan
Wednesday, April 14, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12205)/Comments (0)/

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