NC Wildlife Resources Commission to Host Wildlife and Water Quality Workshop

Bobwhite Quail with Brood. Source: ncwildlife.org.
Bobwhite Quail with Brood. Source: ncwildlife.org.

Released by Ryan Kennemur, ncwildlife.org

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will host an informational workshop for private landowners and those involved with agricultural production in Bladen, Sampson and Duplin counties. Topics will include wildlife habitat management techniques, pollinator habitat, longleaf pine management, and recent bobwhite quail research.

Attendees will also learn about property management assistance opportunities.

The workshop, titled “Wildlife and Water Quality on NC Farms,” is hosted by NCWRC’s Private Lands Program in partnership with the NC Cooperative Extension and Smithfield’s Hog Production Division.

The workshop is September 29, 2016, 3pm-5:45pm. The workshop will be held at the Holmes Farm, located on NC 242 — approximately 1.3 miles north of the Old Fayetteville Road intersection — in Ammon NC.

Registration is required by September 26, 2016. Space is limited to the first 35 registrants. To register or receive additional information, contact Benjy Strope at 910.874.5562 or email.

A field tour of the Ammon CURE area will provide an opportunity to view an active swine farm with abundant early successional habitat and a high quail population.

CURE is the Cooperative Upland habitat Restoration and Enhancement program developed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission because wildlife that require early-successional habitats are among the most imperiled species in the United States, across the South, and within North Carolina.  Bobwhite quail have become the “flagship species” among this group, but it also includes numerous declining songbirds, many species of mammals such as rabbits, pollinators such as butterflies, and many species of amphibians and reptiles.

Private landowners and swine farm operators may attend this workshop free of charge. Registered swine farm operators are eligible to earn two hours of Operator in Charge (OIC) credits.

More information on the CURE program may be found at www.ncwildlife.org/CURE/Todays-CURE.

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