Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee

In 1987, the state legislature passed an endangered species law, which required the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to form an advisory committee tasked with overseeing operations of the new nongame and endangered species program. The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC) comprises a board of North Carolina citizens that provides advice to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) on nongame wildlife conservation issues across the state. Members meet four times a year, usually at the NCWRC's headquarters in Raleigh. Members of the NWAC serve without compensation. 
The expertise and guidance from outside the NCWRC provides beneficial insights and ideas to evaluate threats scientifically and suggest regulations and statutes vital to the conservation of our natural resources. Committee members have taken a leading role in providing the information needed to protect turtles in our state from overexploitation. They also have exhibited exemplary courage in supporting the conservation of six venomous snake species, helping ensure that these often-maligned reptiles remain a part of our natural heritage. 
 


NWAC Members

Lane Sauls, Jr. 

Chairman


Industry Affiliate
Ecological Engineering, LLP
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

Judith Ratcliffe 

Vice-Chair


Government Affiliate
N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Term: Expires June 30, 2020

 

Dr. Liz Rutledge

Secretary


At-Large Affiliate
N.C. Wildlife Federation
Term: Expires June 30, 2020

 

Michael Abney 


Expert Affiliate
Duke Energy
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

 

Jeff Beane 


Government Affiliate
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

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Dr. Karen Beck

 

Government Affiliate
N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

J. Edward Corey, III 


Expert Affiliate
N.C. State Parks
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

 

Marquette Crockett 


Expert Affiliate
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Term: Expires June 30, 2020

 

Jared Gray 


Government Affiliate
N.C. Department of Transportation
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

 

Elaine Jordan 


At-Large Affiliate
The Coastal Companies
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

 

Dr. Elizabeth Kalies


Conservation NGO Affiliate
The Nature Conservancy
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

 

Sarah McRae 


Government Affiliate
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Term: Expires June 30, 2020

 Dr. Joe Poston


At-Large Affiliate
Catawba College
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

Dr. David Webster 


Expert Affiliate (EXE At-Large)
UNC-Wilmington
Dept. of Biology and Marine Biology
Term: Expires June 30, 2020

Bruce White


Industry Affiliate
GFR Forestry Consultants, PLLC
Term: Expires June 30, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Nov. 4 Meeting

Public Notice

Agenda

Mission Statement

Per G.S. 113-335, the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC or Committee) is to be “composed of knowledgeable and representative citizens of North Carolina whose responsibility shall be to advise the Commission on matters related to conservation of nongame wildlife species in the state”. Additionally, the powers and duties of the NWAC are listed in G.S. 113-336. The NWAC was established through resolution by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC or Commission) on July 14, 1986. This resolution was revised and reaffirmed in 2014 by vote of the Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Commission Committee (HNGES). WRC’s resolution enumerates several functions of the NWAC.

The NWAC has no rule-making authority but is regularly requested to provide input and recommendations to the WRC regarding the conservation of nongame wildlife species and their habitats. Authority for enacting rules regarding protected animals or other matters rests with the WRC, pursuant to provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act (G.S. 150B). Furthermore, the NWAC promotes collaboration between WRC and the academic community.