Efficiency and science-based management are critical aspects of any professional natural resource management program. North Carolina has two agencies with this responsibility, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC) and Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF). While their missions are closely aligned, having two separate management entities creates duplication, ambiguity, redundancy and inefficiency.   Remaking the landscape…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, is launching a habitat improvement program to help private landowners support wildlife on their property, including endangered species such as red wolves, while also meeting their land management goals The Prey for the Pack program is…

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With schools closed and group activities canceled, it is more important than ever to get outside. Time outdoors supports overall well-being for everyone, especially children! We challenge you to get outside with the kids in your life or engage in nature-based activities for at least 30 minutes a day . Take the Outside Every Day…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is hailing a sweeping 75-23 U.S. Senate vote supporting historic bipartisan legislation for The Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation will permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create a fund to address the maintenance backlog on public lands. “Whether you hunt, fish, hike,…

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Diamondback Terrapin Turtles

Diamondback Terrapin turtle populations on North Carolina’s coast have declined considerably due to blue crab pot by-catch mortality and other habitat-related issues, despite 22-plus years of deliberations between the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (NCMFC) and North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF). The conservation of this public trust resource has never been taken seriously.…

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Applications for NCWF scholarships are currently being accepted from full-time students who are committed to environmental and natural resource conservation and management. Students must be majoring in the areas of wildlife, fisheries, forestry, conservation or the environment. For more than 50 years, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has offered scholarship grants to help hundreds of North…

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Fred Harris

Fred Harris joined the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in 2011 as a natural resources specialist, following a notable 36-year career with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  He began his tenure at the commission as a fishery biologist, later working his way up to chief and then deputy director of the agency.  He was president of…

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Family Fun Guide

Nature can heal, soothe, restore and connect us to the Earth, each other and our communities. Nature also improves our mood and calms overactive minds. “Look deep into nature,” Albert Einstein said, “and then you will understand everything better.”  During the Coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented shift in our daily lives, many of us have some…

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