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Wildlife Friendly Development Certification Program Unveiled

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has unveiled a green-growth initiative that encourages wildlife-friendly practices for new and existing residential developments. The Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program recognizes residential land developers who promote the conservation of wildlife habitat and use environmentally sound construction practices in their developments. Developments that are certified as wildlife friendly incorporate features that protect existing habitats by providing food, water, cover and places to raise young, the four components of suitable wildlife habitat. Once certified, these developments can be marketed to homeowners who value the protection of natural resources. To acquire certification, developers work closely with the staffs from the Commission and Federation
Wednesday, September 29, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12808)/Comments (0)/
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Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Open Oct. 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 22 trout waters in 15 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters. Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2010, and one half-hour after sunset on June 3, 2011. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell. Continued drought conditions in western North Carolina may result in reducing the number of trout scheduled for stocking in delayed-harvest trout waters in October. Staff will be assessing all the delayed-harvest waters from now until Oct. 1 to determine if reduced stockings are necessary. “All
Thursday, September 23, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10875)/Comments (0)/
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Wildlife Commission Urging Landowners to Sign Up for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 12, 2010) – Landowners who own cropland and are interested in improving wildlife habitat can now apply for the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under a time-limited “General” sign-up. The program provides landowners with financial assistance for wildlife habitat establishment and offers rental payments to offset income lost from reduced agricultural production on their property. A General CRP sign-up is underway for cropland which has been designated as “Highly Erodible” and has an official cropping history for at least four years between 2002 and 2007.  “This sign-up represents one of the best opportunities to significantly increase early-successional habitat acres across the state, providing habitat for wildlife species that require this specialized successional stage,” said Mark Jones, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Supervising Wildlife Biologist fo
Wednesday, August 11, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9805)/Comments (0)/
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Biologists Offer Advice on Fox Sightings

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 11, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with the animals. Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups. In most cases, citizens that simply see a fox do not need to take any action. However, some action might be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people.  In those scenarios, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal firewor
Tuesday, August 10, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9676)/Comments (0)/
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Commission Seeking Small Game Award Nominations

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has extended the deadline for nominations for its annual Diedrick Small Game award. Nominations for this year’s award are due August 31. The awards are 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 the October 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 Pe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10179)/Comments (0)/
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