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NCWF Weighs in on Deer Urine Ban

NC deer and elk urine ban

North Carolina Wildlife Federation CEO, Tim Gestwicki, shared his thoughts on the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s new rule to prevent people from spreading chronic wasting disease through deer and elk urine and excretion. The new rule states: No person may possess or use any substance or material that contains or claims to contain any excretion…

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Restoration underway for Great Blue Heron rookery in Lake Norman  

Earlier this week we started shoreline and vegetation restoration of an eroding Great Blue Heron rookery located on one of Lake Norman’s most exposed islands. The stabilization project will help conserve Heron Island, an ecologically significant and diminishing wildlife habitat. The islands are natural resources and sanctuaries for wildlife as shore front property has been…

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Press Release: NC Wildlife Federation Restoring Great Blue Heron Rookery in Lake Norman

Restoration of Heron Island Lake Norman

Restoration of ‘Heron Island’ will help protect the natural resource from further shoreline degradation caused by erosion CHARLOTTE, NC (Feb. 21, 2020) – Local wildlife conservationists have begun shoreline and vegetation restoration of an eroding Great Blue Heron rookery located on one of Lake Norman’s most exposed islands. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is…

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Trees4Trash: New program takes action on behalf of wildlife and habitats

We’ve all seen online videos showing heroic people saving wildlife from being entangled, impaled, and strangled by plastic bags, six-pack rings, straws, and other trash. We’ve watched our streams and creeks collect debris and become coffee-like, thick from development runoff. And we’ve witnessed wildlife lose their habitat as acres of trees are cut down for…

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Something Fishy: NCWF’s Fisheries Management 2019 Year in Review

For decades, conflict, intense arguments of opposing opinions and stakeholders, and inability to unite for a common good has hindered effective fisheries management in North Carolina.  Despite promises of reform by the current state administration, North Carolina fisheries and marine ecosystems continue to collapse in the wake of fisheries management stalemates and politics. Yields of…

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NCWF’s Vision for One Mission, One Commission

North Carolina Wildlife Federation proposes a Consolidation of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries into the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to Eliminate Redundancy and Improve Natural Resource Management Efficacy.  Read the full Resolution. Click here to review the One Mission, One Commission Executive Summary.      

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North Carolina Support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Letter to Members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation We, the undersigned North Carolina groups and organizations, support preventing fish and wildlife from becoming endangered by dedicating general treasury funds annually to the federal Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program. We believe that collaborative conservation is the most effective way to recover wildlife populations and strongly…

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Let ‘Em Spawn Before They’re Gone:
Fix Our Fisheries Now!

NCWF has been working fiercely for NC marine fisheries reform. We’ve collaborated with NC legislators to produce a slate of bills that will protect and enhance NC marine fisheries. Read more about our declining fisheries and the science behind Let ‘Em Spawn reforms. Hundreds of millions of fishes too young to spawn or reproduce die…

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Business/Conservation Coalition letter to General Assembly points out economic benefits of NC Marine Fisheries reform

North Carolina Wildlife Federation has joined a coalition of conservation organizations and recreational fishing industries to urge the North Carolina General Assembly to support a slate of legislation that is currently under consideration by the NC Senate and House of Representatives. The 2017 harvest of important species like Atlantic Croaker, Blue Crab, Southern Flounder, Spot,…

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