Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input on Draft Species Conservation Plans

  • 26 October 2018
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2018) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public input on five draft Species Conservation Plans until Nov. 26.

The plans will guide agency efforts to maintain and increase populations of several species that are declining in North Carolina and need additional conservation help to survive. Each plan presents biological information, causes of decline, conservation goals and potential conservation actions. The five draft conservation plans are:

  • Five Rare Aquatic Species Restricted to the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins: dwarf wedgemussel, yellow lance, Tar River spinymussel, Carolina madtom and Neuse River waterdog;
  • Bog Turtle, North America’s smallest turtle found in western North Carolina bogs that is state-listed as Threatened in North Carolina;
  • Robust Redhorse, a large member of the sucker family found in the lower Pee Dee River that is state-listed as Endangered;
  • Brook Floater, a small mussel found in rivers and streams along the Blue Ridge Escarpment and upper Piedmont that is state-listed as Endangered; and
  • Gopher Frog, a medium-sized frog found in the Sandhills of North Carolina that is state-listed as Endangered.

After collecting and considering all public comments, Commission staff will present the draft plans to the Wildlife Commissioners for their approval at their February 2019 business meeting. Once the plans are approved, the Commission and partners will use them as blue prints for conservation of the species.

Read the plans and provide input.

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